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Which parts of Switzerland are being hit by earthquakes?

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Which parts of Switzerland are being hit by earthquakes?
AFP PHOTO / RESEAU NATIONAL DE SURVEILLANCE SISMIQUE / FRENCH NATIONAL SEISMIC MONITORING NETWORK
11:09 CET+01:00
Earthquakes have been recorded across southern Switzerland. No damage has been reported, although seismologists have said the quakes could continue.

Light earthquakes have continued throughout Bern and Valais on Tuesday, following up on seismic activity felt by local residents on Monday. 

The two major quakes took place at 1:54am and 4:36am on Tuesday, both recorded at 3.4 on the Richter scale by the Swiss Seismological Service (SED). Each was followed by a number of aftershocks. 

 

 

Scores of local residents reported feeling the earthquakes, calling in to the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC). As yet, there have been no reports of damage or injury as a result of the quakes. 

Monday’s quake took place near Schaffhausen and was recorded at 3.9 on the Richter scale. 

Seismologist Philipp Kästli told the Keystone News Agency that further quakes - whether large or small - could not be ruled out. 

Earthquakes in Switzerland

Seismic activity is common in Switzerland, although most of it goes unnoticed by the population. While earthquakes can be common, those hitting seven and above on the Richter scale - more commonly seen in high risk countries such as Italy, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia - are comparatively rare. 

 

 

The SED has recorded more than 1200 so far in 2019, but only around 10 to 20 are actually felt by members of the public. 

Switzerland is hit by a major earthquake on average of once per every 100 years, with the last taking place in 1946 just north of Sierre.

Valais is the canton with the highest earthquake risk, followed by Basel and Graubünden. 

 

 
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