Saturday, June 22, 2019

Earthquake strikes in France but there were no major damage… for now

A 4.9 magnitude earthquake has hit western France, with tremors felt as far as Bordeaux in the south and Normandy in the north.

The epicentre of the quake that took place at 6.50am local time was near the town of Bressuire, according to the national seismic service.

No damage has been reported so far, but Col. Michael Bernier, a spokesman for the national civil security service, said it prompted concern because "so many people felt it".

The quake shook a swath of France including the cities of Le Mans, Nantes, Rennes and Caen.

Residents in rural towns said their houses shook with tremors for around 15 to 20 seconds after the earthquake.

Nine people died when a small, twin-engine aircraft used by skydivers crashed Friday evening near Dillingham Airfield in Mokuleia on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, officials said.

Family members of the skydivers were reportedly not far from the site when the crash happened.

The mangled remains of the King Air plane were seen in a photo posted by a local newspaper and distributed by the Associated Press.

“In my 44 years as a firefighter in Hawaii, this is the most tragic incident that we’ve had,” Honolulu Fire Chief Manuel Neves told the Star-Advertiser, describing the incident.

Hawaii’s Department of Transportation confirmed on Twitter that the plane, a type of American-built small utility aircraft, had nine people aboard when it crashed. No survivors were expected to be found.