1909 Provence earthquake

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1909 Provence earthquake
1909 Provence earthquake is located in France
1909 Provence earthquake
Date 11 June 1909 (1909-06-11)
Magnitude 6.2 Ms
Epicenter 43°42′N 5°24′E / 43.7°N 5.4°E / 43.7; 5.4Coordinates: 43°42′N 5°24′E / 43.7°N 5.4°E / 43.7; 5.4[1]
Areas affected France, Provence
Max. intensity X (Extreme)
Casualties 46
Vernègues after the earthquake
Street in Salon-de-Provence after the earthquake

The 1909 Provence earthquake occurred on June 11 in Provence. Measuring 6 on the Richter Scale, it is the largest ever recorded earthquake in metropolitan France.[2]

A total of 46 people died, another 250 were injured, and approximately 2,000 buildings were damaged.

The most damaged communes were Salon-de-Provence, Vernègues, Lambesc, Saint-Cannat and Rognes.

Fourteen people died in Rognes,[3] which was half destroyed, especially the houses on the flanks of the hill Le Foussa. People were relocated under tents on another hill (Le Devin) and near the primary school. The main shock occurred at 9:15pm. If the earthquake had happened an hour later, more people would have been in bed, and more casualties would have been recorded.[4]

The Vernègues castle and most of the houses in Vernègues were destroyed. Two people died in the village, which was later rebuilt at a lower altitude.

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  1. ^ NGDC. "Comments for the Significant Earthquake". Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Dominique Chardon and Olivier Bellier, "Geological boundary conditions of the 1909 Lambesc (Provence, France) earthquake : structure and evolution of the Trévaresse ridge anticline", Bulletin de la Société Géologique de France, 2003, t. 174, no. 5, pp. 497–510
  3. ^ Webpage about the earthquake in Rognes (French)
  4. ^ "The Provence Earthquake of 11th June 1909 (France): A New Assessment of Near Field Effects", from Seismic Hazard in Mediterranean Regions: Proceedings of the Summer School Organized in Strasbourg, France July 15-August 1, 1986 (Springer, 1988), p383

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