Earthquake shakes West Flemish village

An earthquake, measuring 2.4 on the Richter scale, hit parts of West Flanders on Tuesday evening. The epicentre of the quake was the small village of Veldegem, between Bruges and Torhout.

The quake was recorded by scientists at the Seismology Department at the Royal Observatory of Belgium in Ukkel (Greater Brussels, photo).

The tremor occurred at 8:37pm and people that were in the area in and around Veldegem report hearing a loud bang and feeling the earth shake beneath their feet.

The observatory says that it was a minor quake that caused no damage.

Similar tremors occur several times a year in Belgium. The fact that the quake occurred under Veldegem doesn’t mean that that there is a fault line under the village.

In fact there are no known fault lines at all under West Flanders.