2.1 magnitude earthquake felt in Évora with no personal or material damage


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An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.1 on the Richter scale was felt today in the municipality of Évora, without causing any personal or material damage, the Portuguese Sea and Atmosphere Institute (IPMA) said.

The earthquake, “according to the information available so far, caused no personal or material damage and was felt with a maximum intensity of II/III (modified Mercalli scale) in the municipality of Évora,” the IPMA said in a statement.

According to the same organization, the earthquake, whose epicentre was located around 12 kilometers south-southwest of Évora, was recorded at 14:52 at the mainland’s seismic network stations.

The IPMA also pointed out that locating the epicenter of an earthquake is a complex process that depends on the data set, algorithms and seismic wave propagation models, meaning that different agencies can produce slightly different results.

“Different agencies can produce slightly different results. Likewise, preliminary determinations are usually corrected later by integrating more information,” he added.

According to the Richter scale, earthquakes are classified according to their magnitude as micro (less than 2.0), very small (2.0-2.9), small (3.0-3.9), slight (4.0-4.9), moderate (5.0-5.9), strong (6.0-6.9), large (7.0-7.9), important (8.0-8.9), exceptional (9.0-9.9) and extreme (when greater than 10).

The Modified Mercalli scale measures “degrees of intensity and their description”.

With an intensity of III, considered to be weak, the tremor was felt inside the house and hanging objects rattled, with a “vibration similar to that caused by the passage of heavy vehicles”, according to the IPMA website.

When there is an IV intensity, considered moderate, parked cars sway, windows, doors and crockery shake and “glass and crockery rattle or clink”, and walls or wooden structures may creak.

Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert is a 55-year-old writer and journalist based in Porto, Portugal. Born in France, he brings a unique blend of French and Portuguese perspectives to his work. Education Hervé studied Journalism and Literature at the University of Lyon in France. After completing his studies, he gained valuable experience working with various French media outlets (Portugal France also). Career He worked for several years as a journalist in France before making the move to Portugal. In Porto, he joined the Portugal Pulse team as a staff writer. Skills Hervé specializes in storytelling, investigative journalism, and cultural commentary. He has a flair for capturing complex issues in a relatable way. Personal Life He currently resides in Porto and enjoys the city's rich culture, from Fado music to Francesinha cuisine. Hervé continues to maintain strong ties to his French heritage, often traveling back to France for family visits and cultural exploration. With his unique background and diverse skill set, Hervé Hubert adds a layered, multicultural lens to every story he covers.

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