France Pyrenees Earthquake

Moderate earthquake in the France Pyrenees (below Lourdes and close to Tarbes)

Last update: April 29, 2014 at 12:55 pm by By


Update : For the people living in France, take a look at the Historic earthquake list below this link. France has hundreds of years ago been struck by a couple of devastating earthquakes!

Update 08:34 UTC : The French press is treating this earthquake as a “faits divers” . Hardly any updates are given in the local press. We will continue searching for additional information however as we think that besides power cuts people may report some slight damage.

Update 08:07 UTC : Argelès-Gazost until Val d’Azun have lost power this morning. The earthquake was felt until Toulouse (as we mentioned earlier).

Nos excuses pour la  qualité du moteur de traduction automatique de Google – On sait que ca semble a rien, mais on pense que c’est mieux que rien du tout.

Update 07:59 UTC : The strongest earthquake in the greater epicenter area was a M5.7 earthquake to the south of the current epicenter and just across the Spain border. It happened in 1904! (see bottom map)

Update 07:55 UTC : No news so far from Lourdes, the sanctuary where thousands of people gather daily to pray for the holy Mary. We do not expect anything serious but slight damage is always possible. We have to add however that this area has relar earthquakes like today’s (mostly they are not exceeding M4 however).

Lourdes Basilica - Image courtesy Wikipedia

Update : Power was down in some  areas. The map below shows the shaking intensity. We expect at least some slight damage in a radius of 20 km around the epicenter, which includes Lourdes

Update : Magnitude est augmenté a M4.7!  (Increase in Magnitude to M4.7 n- slight damage like cracks in walls, fallen tiles etc is likely)

Update : Premieres informations : epicentre aux Pyrenées Magnitude 4.0 Profondeur 2 km – Des légères dégats sont possible

Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 09.33.32

Close to Tarbes and Lourdes

Basé sur un nombre croissant de visiteurs qui nous rejoignent de Tarbes et environs, nous croyons qu’un tremblement de terre a été ressenti. Lorsque vous êtes l’une des personnes qui sentaient les secousses, veuillez bien remplir le formulaire ci-dessous “J’ai ressenti une tremblement de terre non rapportée” en haut de la liste. On vous remercie.

144 km NW of Andorra la Vella, Andorra / pop: 20,430 / local time: 09:03:24.0 2014-04-29
17 km SW of Tarbes, France / pop: 52,106 / local time: 09:03:24.0 2014-04-29
1 km NE of Lourdes, France / pop: 15,786 / local time: 09:03:24.0 2014-04-29

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 4.4

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-04-29 09:03:24

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-04-29 07:03:24

Depth (Hypocenter) : 5 km


France Earthquake

M5, 5km depth – Moderate Earthquake in France on April 7, 2014 – sliight damage

Last update: April 7, 2014 at 8:28 pm by By

7.04.2014- 20:27GMT The epicenter is around the lake of Serre-Poncon. No damage has been reported from the French Riviera. It is likely that there will be a few minor aftershocks with a magnitude 5, and there is always a very minor chance that this is a precursor event. The largest historic earthquake was in 1909 killing around 46 people and causing the equivalent of 2 billion Euros damage by today’s estimates.

7.04.2014- 20:25GMT Being underneath the mountains, there is a slight chance of landslides and also a slight chance that some mountain villages will have damage. Barcellonette has reported minor damage already (a small town.)

7.04.2014- 20:15GMT A moderate shallow earthquake has hit the south of France. There is a chance of damage given the depth. It is unlikely much will be discovered tonight.

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 4.9

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-04-07 21:27:01

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-04-07 19:27:01

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km