Thursday, February 21, 2008

Major earthquake hits Svalbard

The Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard was hit by a major earthquake in the early hours of Thursday morning. The quake measured 6.2 on the Richter scale.

The quake is said to be the strongest in Norway in modern times. The epicentre was located to around 140 km south east of Longyearbyen.
Even so, the Longyearbyen citizens woke up as building shook violently.
- I believed the house was coming apart, says Steinar Williamsen to NRK.
Senior scientist Konrad Lindholm says to NRK that the quake could have resulted in a humanitarian catastrophe if it had hit on land rather than at sea.