Firefighters, Police Sent to Quake-Hit Western Bulgaria

Society » ENVIRONMENT | July 14, 2012, Saturday // 17:54
Bulgaria: Firefighters, Police Sent to Quake-Hit Western Bulgaria Teams of firefighters and police officers have been dispatched to the quake-hit areas in western Bulgaria to be ready to help, if necessary. Photo by BGNES

Teams of firefighters and police officers from three Bulgarian cities have been dispatched to the sites where Saturday's 4.5-magnitude earthquake felt strongest.

According to the press office of the Interior Ministry, the firefighters and the police officers were sent to the trouble spots to be ready to help, if necessary, and to prevent panic.

Saturday's earthquake was estimated as 4.5 on the Richter scale by the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre and as 4.2 on the Richter scale by the Geophysical Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS).

The jolt struck at 3.52 p.m. and was felt in Pernik, Sofia, Samokov, Montana and Plovdiv.

The quake occurred at a depth of 10 km and was epicentered 7 km southeast of Pernik and 19 kilometers west of Sofia, very near to the epicenter of the 5.8-magnitude jolt which hit the region in the small hours of May 22.

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