Earthquake hits Noord-Holland village

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earthquake Richter. Picture: Matt Katzenberger/Flickr

The Noord-Holland village of Warder, near Edam, was shaken by an earthquake around 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday. The quake measured 2.5 on the Richter scale and happened around 3 kilometers underground, according to meteorological institute KNMI.

The KNMI describes it as an "induced quake", which means that it was caused by gas extraction, according to RTL Nieuws.

Gas extraction earthquakes are a well known phenomenon in the province of Groningen, but also happens in Noord-Holland every now and again. The previous such earthquakes were in 2015, when two quakes were measured in Anna Paulowna shortly after one another. The strongest of the two measured 2.5 on the Richter scale. 

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