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Earthquake hits Northwestern Hungary

An earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale shook Hungary near Oroszlány (Northwestern Hungary) on Saturday evening. No personal injuries but several damages on buildings have been reported.

No injuries have been reported caused by the earthquake that shook Hungary on Saturday at 6:41 PM. The quake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale was the strongest in the country since 1985 and lasted for 10-15 seconds. It was centered near the town of Oroszlány, 44 kilometers west of Budapest, in 10 km deep under the ground. People could feel the earth shaking from the South-Hungarian Pécs to the Slovakian Bratislava. Plenty of damages have been reported but, according to the mayor of Oroszlány, buildings are likely to have suffered only minor damages like small cracks and, most importantly, nobody would have to leave their homes. 

Bridges and underpasses in Budapest were inspected on Sunday and found safe. People in Oroszlány were waiting on the streets being afraid of stronger reverberations. An earthquake of this intensity is considered being strong in Hungary. The last time an earthquake of similar intensity hit Hungary was in 1985, in Berhida (Western Hungary). (ASZ)