Swedes wake up to earthquake on west coast
Residents living on the southwest coast of Sweden were awakened early this morning by an earthquake in the sea between Sweden and Denmark. The quake had a magnitude of 4.4 on the Richter scale. Its epicenter was 61 kilometers west of the southern city of Halmstad.
"I heard a rumbling noise and thought it was thundering again. But then it got louder and the house started to shake and I sat up in bed and wondered what on earth was going on," Margareta Danielsson, a resident of Haverdal, told Swedish Radio News.
Police in Halmstad received about 30 calls directly after the earthquake, which occurred at about 5 a.m. this morning.
"We are on the fourth floor here in Halmstad. Our computer screens and windows shook a little. It wasn't worse than that," Magnus Bartholdsson with the police in Halland said.
According to seismologist Reynir Bödvarsson, a quake of this magnitude is unusual in Sweden. "These kinds of earthquakes happen about once in 10 years in the Sweden-Denmark area," she told TT news agency.
Bödvarsson said a quake of this magnitude does not tend to cause much damage, but he said there might be some small follow-up tremors.