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Switzerland hit by earthquake

National News // March 7, 2017

The country was hit with one of the biggest earthquakes in recent years last night. A tremor measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale struck the north eastern part of the country. The epicenter was under canton Glarus, but the effects were felt in Zurich, Bern and Aargau.

Swisstopo/Blick Switzerland hit by earthquake

Residents reported falling shelves, computers and strong shaking. One person in Glarus told the press she was thrown from the sofa.

The quake is sizable in Swiss terms. But experts say it is possible a quake of far stronger magnitude to strike at any time. The strongest recorded in recent times was in 1946. That registered 6 in Valais.

The city most at risk in the country is Basel. In the year 1356, the area was struck by a quake measuring 6.6. Experts say if a similar quake hit now, it could kill thousands. 

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