Seismologists have been observing slightly increased seismic activity in western Bohemia since Wednesday afternoon. On Friday, the activity intensified and the strongest tremors with a magnitude of 2.6 were felt by people in the vicinity. Even on Saturday, Chebsko and Sokolovskogo are shaking, people noticed rumblings and tremors in the afternoon.
The seismic activity currently taking place in western Bohemia has the character of an earthquake swarm. According to seismologists from the Institute of Geophysics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, this is a typical phenomenon for the given area.
“An earthquake swarm is a type of seismic activity in which seismic energy is released not in the form of one strong earthquake and possible aftershocks, but in a series of a large number (up to several thousand) of weaker events over several days to months,” seismologists said in a recent report on earthquake.
The seismologists also added that most of the swarm earthquakes are very weak and residents of the surrounding villages do not notice them. However, this is not the case with Saturday’s earthquake. Residents of Chebsk report that they felt increased seismic activity just before 1 p.m.
People from Cheb and nearby villages agree on social networks that shortly after noon they felt rumblings, tremors and furniture moving with them. “I felt… the bed was shaking with me,” wrote a resident of Cheb. “At 12:58 I was rocking on a chair in the kitchen,” added another user of the social network. Rumblings and tremors were also felt by people in Hazlov, Luby and the village of Poustka. Seismologists have not yet given the exact strength of the earthquake.
On Friday, November 3, seismologists measured the strongest tremors with a magnitude of 2.6. According to the Institute of Geophysics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, residents of Chebsk felt a weak tremor and heard the typical booming sound that accompanies an earthquake. Experts do not rule out that the seismic swarm will intensify, it may last several weeks. However, they stated that there is usually no major damage in this area and earthquakes are manifested by ground shaking and the like.
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