Minor earthquake shook Oslo

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A minor earthquake shook the Oslo area during the weekend but it was strong enough to wake up some residents. The quake was centered in the forested hills of Lillomarka on the Norwegian capital’s northeast side.

The research institute NORSAR at Kjeller reported that it registered around 50 calls from residents of Oslo, Bærum and Romerike on Sunday after the quake struck around 2am. The quake registered just 2.5 on the Richter scale, but was felt as far away as Hønefoss. There were no reports of damage.

Earthquakes are rare in Norway, with the strongest ever being recorded at Lurøy in Northern Norway in 1819 and believed to have registered 5.8 on the Richter scale. A 5.4 quake hit Oslo in 1904.

newsinenglish.no staff