Earthquake reported as 4.8 on Richter scale 148km from Bulgarian capital Sofia, 17km from Plovdiv

An earthquake initially reported to have measured 4.8 on the Richter scale, with an epicentre 148km south-east of Bulgarian capital Sofia, happened in the early hours of February 22 2018, according to preliminary data from the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

The epicentre of the quake, which happened at 1.41am Eastern European Time, was at a point 17km south-east of Plovdiv and two km north-east of Assenovgrad, the centre said.

Plovdiv media said that the quake was strongly felt and woke residents throughout Bulgaria’s second city. There was no initial information about injuries.

Initial information was that the depth was two km. After the data was reviewed by a seismologist at the centre, this was revised to 10km.

The earthquake also was felt in Greece and the Republic of Macedonia, the centre said.

The Bulgarian Academy of Science seismological centre said that the earthquake was 4.1 on the Richter scale. Thirty minutes after this preliminary report, it revised the measurement to 4.3.

(Photo: Miles Davidson)




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