An earthquake was registered on April 18 near the town of Nova Zagora in southern Bulgaria. Initial preliminary reports on the magnitude of the quaked ranged from 4.2 on the Richter scale from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, as quoted by Focus News agency, to 4.4 from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) and 4.5 from the US Geological Survey (USGS).
The quake occurred at 9.46am local time, or 6.46am UTC, with the epicentre reported at seven km south-east of Nova Zagora by EMSC and three km north-east of Nova Zagora by USGS. The two reports also differed on the depth of the quake, which EMSC put at two km and USGS at 16.5km.
Local media said that residents there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Private broadcaster Darik quoted the mayor of Nova Zagora, Nikolai Grozev, as saying that the quake was felt strongly, but was a brief one.
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