Earthquake near Pampilhosa da Serra described as a bomb

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The earthquake measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale recorded today near Pampilhosa da Serra (Coimbra) has been described “as a bomb” and has caused “fright and alarm”, a source from the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere told Lusa.

According to the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), the quake was recorded at 7:51 a.m., with the epicenter located around 20 kilometers east-northeast of Pampilhosa da Serra.

“We now have reports from people who felt the earthquake, which caused fear and agitation and was described to us as if it were a bomb. However, these people have not told us of any personal or material damage, only of the fright they felt,” explained the source.

As of 10:38 a.m., “no aftershocks have been recorded”, he said, explaining that “none are expected”.

According to IPMA, the earthquake was felt with a maximum intensity of III/IV (modified Mercalli scale) in the municipalities of Covilhã (Castelo Branco), Oliveira do Hospital, Pampilhosa da Serra and Vila Nova de Poiares (Coimbra) and with less intensity in the municipality of Tondela (Viseu).

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