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Rare magnitude-5 earthquake strikes southern France

© Google Maps. Barcelonnette, a town near the epicentre of the quake.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-04-08

A magnitude-5 earthquake was felt in southeastern France on Monday evening, according to a provisional reading from the National Network for Seismic Monitoring.

The quake, which occurred at 9.27 pm local time, was centred about 50 km (30 miles) inland from the Riviera city of Nice, close to the Italian border, at a depth of 5 km.

No damage was immediately reported, Pierre-Martin Charpenel, mayor of Barcelonnette, a town near the epicentre, told national news channel, BFM.

Strong earthquakes are rare in France. According to science news site Live Science, the earthquakes was likely caused by “the on-going collision between the African and European tectonic plates,” which it said provoked most quakes in the region.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)

Date created : 2014-04-08

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