The Dutch province of Groningen is Tuesday morning early rocked by an earthquake. According to the Dutch meteorological institute KNMI had the earthquake with a force of 3.4 on the Richter scale.
The epicentre was in the village of Westerwijtwerd. That is about 18 km northeast of the capital of the province of Groningen. The earthquake took place at 5.49 pm at three kilometers depth.
The earthquake is a result of the exploitation of natural gas in the area. The Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij promised in January 2018, after an earthquake in Zeerijp, the gas at several places to stop, or go back to screws. Two months later, the cabinet decided that the gas will be phased out. By 2030, production would be zero.
The heaviest earthquake in Groningen so far was in 2012 in Huizinge (in the municipality of Loppserum). That had a strength of 3.6 on the Richter scale.
Recent earthquake in the Netherlands: on 2019-05-22 at 03:49:00 UTC (05:49:00 EN) found in #Westerwijtwerd an #earthquake with a magnitude of 3.4 (reviewed). https://t.co/pS0ZlHcVVh pic.twitter.com/2Yd5Dw4gdO
— KNMI (@KNMI) May 22, 2019