5.2 magnitude earthquake off Peniche in Portugal : shocks felt up to Lisbon

An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale was recorded off Peniche this Thursday, November 1, 2018. The earthquake was felt in the municipality of Figueira da Foz and in several localities of the districts of Porto, Braga , Coimbra, Leiria and even Lisbon. According to information from IPMA, the earthquake caused neither material damage nor material damage. The epicenter was about 480 kilometers west of Peniche. Bob, the expatriate's assistant in Portugal, tells you all about this 5.2 earthquake on the Richter scale in Portugal.


Earthquake 5.2 on the Richter scale

The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere reported that this morning, at 0427, an earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale had been recorded and that its epicenter was about 480 km west of Peniche.

This earthquake did not cause any personal or material damage and was felt with the maximum intensity III / IV (modified Mercalli scale) in the municipality of Figueira da Foz and intensity III in several districts of Braga, Oporto, Coimbra, Leiria and Lisbon.



Location of magnitude 5.2 earthquake

Location of magnitude 5.2 earthquake

Fernando Carrilho, head of the geophysics department of IPMA (the Portuguese Institute for the Sea and the Atmosphere), explains that the shock had no consequence, as the epicenter was far from the coast.

Portugal is at the forefront of earthquakes, including the one in 1755 that destroyed Lisbon and its surroundings.

More information will come during the day.


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