Overnight earthquake rattles Groningen

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earthquake Richter. Picture: Matt Katzenberger/Flickr

There was another earthquake in Groningen early this morning. According to the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), the earthquake measured 2.8 on the Richter scale. The epicenter was in Woudbloem in the municipality Slochteren. 

KNMI recorded the earthquake at 03:37 this morning. It was caused by the natural gas extraction in the northern Netherlands. According to KNMI seismologist, Laslo Evers, this was one of the strongest earthquakes of the year. "Although this year there was an even bigger one of 1.3", he said on the NOS Radio 1 Journaal.

On Sunday afternoon there was also a lighter earthquake in Zeerijp, Groningen located in the municipality Loppersum. This earthquake had a magnitude of 1.3 on the Richter scale.

KNMI has published a map showing the epicenters of the last 100 earthquakes in and around the Netherlands. That map can be seen .

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