Tremors shake town in northern Sweden

News agency TT reports that a minor earthquake shook the town of Härnösand in northern Sweden at around 6 p.m. on Monday evening. The quake measured between 2.5 and 3.0 on the Richter scale, according to the Uppsala Seismological Institute.

"First, we thought that someone had driven into the brick wall of the fire station," Hans Lindahl from the local rescue service told news agency TT. "Then, the phone started ringing."

"People were asking if we knew what had happened. One person calling from their home said that it shook so much that they thought the pot-bellied stove would break away from its wall. And then we heard that on the other side of town, people were running out in the streets, wondering what had happened," he said.

Lindahl reports that the situation is calm now, but that they still have not heard anything from the quake's epicenter, which lies about two miles from town.

The Seismological Institute says that earthquakes of this size happen in Sweden happen roughly once a year. A similar quake shook the northern city of Umeå earlier this year. More serious earthquakes, measuring 5 on the Richter scale, usually only occur in Sweden once every century.

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