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Rare magnitude-5 earthquake strikes southern France

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

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

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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)

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