An earthquake initially reported as 3.6 on the Richter scale happened in the eastern part of the Republic of Macedonia on 3.53pm on October 4 2017.
The epicentre was five km north-west of Pehčevo, a Macedonian town with a population of 2500, about 150 km east of Macedonia’s capital city Skopje and 113km south of Bulgaria’s capital Sofia.
The seismic shocks were felt in western Bulgaria.
At 4.07 pm, an aftershock of a strength of 2.0 was registered.
There were no initial reports of injuries or damage.
The most recent major earthquake in Macedonia took place on July 26 1963, in Skopje, which was then part of Yugoslavia. That quake had a strength of 6.1. More than 1000 inhabitants died, and more than 3000 were injured.