Third earthquake in a week in Groningen

A café in the Groningen village of Zeerijp damaged by earthquakes. Photo: Graham Dockery
A condemned and shored-up cafe in Zeerijp. Photo: Graham Dockery

Groningen had its third earthquake in a week on Sunday, with a magnitude of 2.3. Moments later there was an aftershock of 0.9, reports NOS.

Last Tuesday the province had its worst earthquake in a year, measured at 2.7 in Loppersum. In the past year, there have been 87 earth movements reported, 11 stronger than 1.5.

After years of protests from Groningen residents and an ongoing battle about compensation for housing damage, the government intends to stop extracting gas from Europe’s largest field under the region by the end of 2022.

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