A sequence of man-made earthquakes has hit parts of Germany in November, leaving angry citizens and damaged buildings behind.
On November 12th an 13th, two quakes of Magnitude 3.1 and 2.6 hit the town Kehl in Baden-Württemberg state, causing cracks in at least two buildings. The origin of these quakes is located in the French border-city Straßburg, where a new geothermal plant is causing repeated quakes since 2018.
Two more quakes occurred in the former coal mining city of Hamm in Northrhine-Westphalia on November 13th and 23rd as a direct result of the past underground activities. Residents of the suburb Herringen claimed these new quakes have worsened old mining damage.
Damage to more than 10 houses, including damaged roof tiles and door frames, was reported from the town Verden near Bremen in Northern Germany, where a doublet quake (M3.2 and 3.0) happened on November 20th. Due to the production of natural gas, Verden and nearby towns were regulary hit by earthquakes over the past few years.
65 felt earthquakes have been detected during 2019 in Germany, which is considered to be a country with low seismic activity. However, the rate of induced earthquakes in Germany has significantly decreased in 2019. The latest earthquakes do not indicate any changes and their occurrence within a few days is only coincidence