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1992 Roermond earthquake

1992 Roermond earthquake
1992 Roermond earthquake is located in Netherlands
1992 Roermond earthquake
Date 13 April 1992 (1992-04-13) (GMT+1)
Magnitude 5.8
Areas affected Netherlands, Germany and Belgium
Max. intensity VII. Very strong
Casualties none

The earthquake in Roermond on 13 April 1992, around 3:20 AM, was the strongest earthquake ever recorded in the Netherlands and one of the strongest earthquakes in the history of North Western Europe.


The epicentre of the earthquake lay kilometers away from the south of Roermond. The strongest earthquake was recorded as 5.8 on the Richter magnitude scale and a maximum intensity of VII on the Mercalli intensity scale. A VII means people have difficulty standing, drivers feel their cars shaking, some furniture breaks and loose bricks fall from buildings. Damage is slight to moderate in well-built buildings; considerable in poorly built buildings.[1] The earthquake was not evenly spread as some areas were hit harder than others. This earthquake could be felt as far away as the Czech Republic, Switzerland, France and England. In the regions between Roermond, Maaseik (Belgium) and Heinsberg (Germany), buildings, especially old buildings, and cars were destroyed. The economic cost of the earthquake was estimated to be around 275 million guilders (around 125 million euros).[2]


  1. ^ "Earthquake Intensity". Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  2. ^ "KNMI Aardbeving bij Roermond 13 april 1992". 1992-04-13. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 

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