An earthquake shakes Santa’s Workshop Village

The capital of Lapland, Rovaniemi, was hit by a mild earthquake on Saturday night. The vibration was measured to a magnitude of 1.5 from a depth of about five kilometers. No serious injuries were reported.

According to the Institute of Seismology of the University of Helsinki, it was located five kilometers east of the popular tourist destination in the Arctic Circle, Santa’s Workshop Village.

"We have received numerous observations of the case from locals. A more detailed analysis will be completed on Monday" the institute said in a statement.

The quake was detected by seismic stations more than 400 kilometers away. The nearest is the Sodankylä Observatory of the University of Oulu, less than 10 km from the epicenter, "the case is very clear", the institute said.

One of those who felt the vibration was Tuija Laine, who felt it at home on Rovaniemi in Rovaniemi at about 6.30 pm.

"It was a qualified junta. The windows are rattling. It felt like a car had crashed into the house." he told Yle.

Kuusamo seismologically active in recent years

Dozens of earthquakes are observed in Finland every year. Typically, however, they are relatively weak, less than 4 in magnitude.

Finland’s strongest earthquake, measured by modern gauges, occurred in Lappajärvi, Southern Ostrobothnia, in February 1979. It was measured to be 3.8 on the Richter scale and caused cracks in buildings.

Previously, a magnitude 4.5 earthquake broke windows in Jyväskylä in 1931 and a magnitude 4.0 earthquake occurred in Salla, Finnish Lapland in 1960.

The strongest earthquake in Finland in the 21st century was measured in Kuusamo, Northern Ostrobothnia, in September 2000. Its intensity was 3.5. There were earthquakes in Kuusamo also in 2011 and last March, which shows that it is one of the most seismologically active areas in Finland.

Source: The Nordic Page





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