Southeastern France rocked by 5.4-magnitude earthquake

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An unusually strong earthquake hit southeastern France on Monday, seriously injuring at least one person, authorities said.


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The quake, with a magnitude of 5.4, was felt in a vast area between the cities of Lyon and Montelimar which are about 150 kilometres (93 miles) apart, the national seismological office said.

“I was leaning against the oven in my mothers bakery when I felt the tremor,” said Victoria Brielle, a resident in Privas, some 25 kilometres from the quakes epicentre.

“A customers crockery toppled over and everything broke,” she said.

Another resident in the area, Didier Levy, who lives in a 15th century castle, told AFP that “chandeliers were still trembling” several minutes after the quake.

Levy, who said his dog starting barked even before humans felt the tremors, added: “I have never experienced anything like it, I could feel the trembling even though these walls are one metre thick.”

One person was seriously hurt when a scaffolding collapsed, the regional governors office said.

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