Earthquake of magnitude 3.4 hits Groningen this morning

There was a major earthquake with a magnitude of 3.4 that hit Groningen this morning. Its epicenter was at a village called Westerwijtwerd, in the municipality of Loppersum, reports NOS.

According to seismologist Läslo Evers of KNMI, this earthquake is in the top 3 of the worst earthquakes to hit Groningen. The most powerful one happened back in 2012 in the province of Huizinge, and had a magnitude of 3.6.


The State Supervision of Mines (SSM) will be collecting data to determine the extent of the damage caused by the earthquake. This is also done so that more measures can be undertaken so that it reduces the risk of more earthquakes from happenings.

Although its magnitude is high, emergency services have no yet been deployed in the region.

Do you live in Groningen? Did you feel the tremors? We hope you and your loved ones are safe!

Feat image: Wutsje/wikimedia commons
Kavana Desai
Coping with the aftermath of her 3-year stint in the Netherlands, Kavana is a writer, content creator and editor for DutchReview. Hailing from India, she frequently blogs about the Netherlands, being Indian in the Netherlands, and everything in between. She envisions herself to one day be the youngest person to win that Nobel Prize for Literature (she is also not very humble but welcomes only constructive criticism). In the meantime, she fills her days with writing for DutchReview, writing her master's thesis on art theft, and writing fiction that will hopefully see the light of day soon.


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