Light Earthquake

The KNMI reports that there was a light earthquake tuesday  with a magnitude of 2.0 on the Richter scale in the village Amen (Drenthe), a few kilometers southeast of Assen.

The quake, at a depth of 3 kilometers, is the result of gas drilling in the Eleveld, one of the smallest gas fields of the  ‘Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij’ (NAM).

In the North of Drenthe are often mild tremors caused by gas, according to the NAM. It is not yet clear if there is any damage. If there’s damage, it will be reimbursed, according to the company Tuesday.

The earthquake in Amen was the third this year in the province. In February a quake was  felt in ‘Geelbroek’, also at Assen. In March, there were three light earthquakes nearby the village Annerveenschekanaal. The heaviest in Drenthe came in November last year at Annen, with a magnitude of 2.4.

There wasn’t much damage. But the Commissioner King Jacques Tichelaar form Drenthe said: ''On the occasion of the earthquake, as a result of gas extruction, not only Groningen, but also the inhabitants of Drenthe felt it. ''


Amy van Stiphout