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“Strong” earthquake in the South East: “The whole house began to shake”

The “strong” earthquake that occurred this Monday shortly before noon near Montélimar has already marked the inhabitants living around his epicenter. The earthquake, measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale, was felt in a vast area of ​​southern France, in Drôme, Ardèche, Lyon and Montpellier. In Teil, a commune of a little less than 9000 souls, some were able to testify of what they lived.

“I was at my parents' house, sitting on the couch, then (…) we feel the whole house starting to shake, so as we live near a railway line, we say at the moment that That was it, and finally we get up and we see that the whole house is shaking, everything falls in the house.This is a strange effect, “said Florent, resident interviewed by BFMTV.

If the tremor lasted, according to him, only “ten seconds”, the panic remained in place: cracked tiles, fallen pictures, broken dishes …

“It's all that moves. (…) It's as if you were a little in an amusement park, you have the sensation of being in this carousel, (…) we find ourselves in a situation where we do not know what to do, we do not know if we must be standing, sitting, lying down, “describes this witness.

“Cotton legs”

“I felt my legs tremble, I felt like I was going to fall, my legs were cotton, I sat down and I understood that there had been an earthquake,” he said. witnessed to AFP Nathalie Lefèvre, resident of Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, in the Ardèche.

“I was leaning against the oven of my mother's bakery when I felt it tremble, a client's dresser moved and all her dishes were broken,” said Victoria Brielle, a resident of Privas.

“The dog barked before the tremor”, also testified to the AFP Didier Lévy, who lives in a castle of the fifteenth century in Lamotte-du-Rhône (Vaucluse). “This is the first time I've seen this, I felt the shock when our walls are one meter thick,” he added. Several minutes after the jolt, “the chandeliers were still moving,” he said.

After the tremor, firefighters in Vaucluse received “about fifty calls mainly from municipalities located in the north of the department, including Bollene and Valréas,” said a spokesman to AFP. Firefighters in the Drôme also said they received many calls and called not to saturate “needlessly the emergency lines 18 and 112 except for real emergencies.”

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