2008 Skåne County earthquake
|Date||December 16, 2008|
|Origin time||05:20:01 UTC
|Depth||10 kilometers (6.2 mi)|
|Areas affected|| Sweden
The 2008 Skåne County earthquake occurred at 06.20am CET (05.20 UTC) on December 16, 2008, and affected the southern part of Sweden and eastern parts of Denmark. The epicenter was 5 km southwest of Sjöbo and 60 km east of Malmö. The earthquake was considered "moderately strong" with a local magnitude calculated at 4.2 - 4.3 on the Richter magnitude scale. Strong shaking was reported widely in Sweden from Skåne to Östergötland, in Denmark, and in northern Poland.
The Skåne region is known for extremely low seismic activity, with only three small earthquakes (each less than 2.8) detected between 1970 and 2008, and only 14 earthquakes since 1375. Roadways in Sweden and Denmark were reported with cracks but investigations did not determine if any were caused by the earthquake.
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