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Strong tremor, 3.2 magnitude, shakes Malta

A strong tremor hit Malta Friday night, felt mostly in the south of the island • 3.2 magnitude quake struck just off the Hal Far coast

1 December 2017, 11:40pm
University of Malta's seismology department recorded the tremor on its Wied Dalam observatory
University of Malta's seismology department recorded the tremor on its Wied Dalam observatory
A strong tremor hit Malta this evening with readers reporting violent shaking in various parts of the island.

According to the University of Malta's Seismic Monitoring and Research Group the earthquake measured 3.2 on the Richter scale and struck just off the southern coastline. This explains the particularly violent shaking experienced by residents in the villages of Mqabba, Kirkop, Qrendi and Birzebbuga.

The red circle to the south marks the centre of the earthquake measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale as recorded by the University of Malta
The red circle to the south marks the centre of the earthquake measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale as recorded by the University of Malta
The tremor, which hit at around 11:12pm was particularly strong in the south of the island, however a reader from Gzira said her wardrobe and bed shook. A second, much smaller aftershock was felt by some people an hour later.

In Marsaskala, a resident reported dogs barking as soon as the quake hit while another in Kirkop reported objects falling off the shelf at home.

Where were you when the tremor struck?