Important historic earthquakes in France

The list of the 50 most recent earthquakes in this country can be found at the bottom of this page.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC France Oct 23 02:12 3.3 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Amsterdam Island, France Oct 18 15:18 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC France Oct 18 08:39 3.1 1 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC France Oct 17 12:53 3.4 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC France Oct 17 10:01 3.0 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC France Oct 15 15:10 3.0 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC France Oct 15 10:06 3.0 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC France Oct 11 12:22 3.1 0 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC France Oct 10 12:00 2.9 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Chambéry - Very weak shaking
  • Lyon 4 - 17 Octobre 2017 à vers 4h du matin. très très légères secousses de 2 secondes environ. Bruits/Son ultra basse fréquences. (Activation de petits matériels sensibles aux mouvements)
  • EMSC France Oct 09 12:25 3.0 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Corsica, France Oct 06 00:35 3.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC France Sep 26 12:23 3.1 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC France Sep 20 16:20 3.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC France Sep 19 06:34 3.1 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC France Sep 16 21:30 3.1 6 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC France Sep 13 09:59 2.9 11 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC France Sep 06 10:11 3.0 4 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC France Sep 06 08:52 3.0 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC France Aug 24 07:41 3.1 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Near South Coast Of France Aug 22 13:01 2.9 14 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Roquebrune sur Argens - Shook the house for a few seconds.. No damage to house (I hope!!)
  • LE MUY - nous habitons une maison avec 1 étage. Au rez-de-chaussée nous n'avons rien senti à l'étage oui les lits ont fait un va-et-vient.
  • Roquebrune sur argens - Strong shaking
  • les issambres - 10s
  • Roquebrune sur argens - Après un bruit sourd,la maison à bougé quelques secondes à 15 heures précises
  • roquebrune sur argens 83520 - breve secousse 3secondes aucun degat vers 15H00
  • ROQUEBRUNE SUR ARGENTS - Very weak shaking
  • Roquebrune sur argens - Very weak shaking
  • EMSC France Aug 19 00:37 5.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC France Aug 11 17:24 3.2 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC France Aug 08 00:17 3.2 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Campan, France Aug 06 20:49 3.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC France Jul 05 12:38 2.9 2 MAP
    EMSC France Jul 05 12:09 3.1 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC France Jul 05 10:14 3.0 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC France Jun 22 23:25 2.9 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC France Jun 22 20:31 3.0 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC France Jun 22 19:15 3.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC France Jun 15 21:16 3.0 1 MAP
    EMSC France Jun 03 17:07 3.1 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Near South Coast Of France Jun 03 01:47 3.0 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Amsterdam Island, France May 24 15:50 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC France May 07 18:08 3.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC France-germany Border Region May 04 21:36 3.4 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Bartenheim - Light shaking
  • Bad Bellingen - Strong shaking
  • 68270 WITTENHEIM - Autour de 23:30 ?, j\'étais assise sur un banc dans ma cuisine quand j\'ai entendu un fort grondement et un mouvement vers l\'avant, direction Nord-Est. Le phénomène a duré environ 5 secondes.
  • Mullheim - The first thing I thought was WTF
  • Neuenburg - POCZULAM SILNY WSTRZAS I DRZENIE MEBLI
  • Dietwiller - Nous avons entendu comme un roulement grondement et une legere secouse
  • Mullheim - More like a thud than shaking. Very weird. Lasted 1-2 seconds. I sat in my chair and thought “WTF just happened?!”. One of my cats was upset afterwards because he is still a baby and doesn’t understand what’s going on, then he slept so long because it exhausted him!
  • EMSC Near South Coast Of France Apr 29 15:42 2.9 6 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC France Apr 23 12:55 3.1 1 MAP
    EMSC Near South Coast Of France Apr 20 09:53 3.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC France Apr 18 11:17 3.2 4 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC France Mar 31 19:18 2.9 0 MAP
    EMSC France Mar 30 16:59 3.1 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC France Mar 05 01:26 3.2 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Near South Coast Of France Feb 18 04:47 3.4 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • TOURRETTES - Weak shaking
  • Le muy - 3-4 seconds as if an underground explosion
  • 83120 Le Plan de la Tour - Kleine Risse in den Wänden.
  • GEOFON France Feb 12 03:08 4.1 10 MAP
  • Prisse-la-Charriere - Loud noises, sounded as if pipes were rattling for about 2 seconds. No damage visible
  • Bazoges-en-Pareds - Felt the house jump and rattle, maybe 30 seconds duration. Loud thump-bang then the prolonged rattling.
  • EMSC France Feb 12 03:08 4.7 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Le busseau - 4.09 loud rumbling , our large granite house shook lasted a few seconds! Woke us all up. Scary!
  • Sauze-Vaussais - Slight shaking, but woken from sleep at c. 4.15am. Appears to be no property damage. Household items were rattling
  • Bougon - Was awake, when I felt what to me sounded/felt like an increase in air pressure, then there was a noise in the house like someone had broken in and the parrot cage shook.
  • Secondigny - Thought I heard a strange noise, lay awake, then heard a loud noise like a low flying aircraft and actually felt our entire building shake.
  • Foussais-Payre, Vendee - I was dozing, looking at the light from a few stars through the window, otherwise the room was dark. Then out of nowhere a very substantial double boom shook the house and I felt as if the bed was lifted and dropped. I had no idea as to what had happened, it was pretty scary.I immediately thought that the woodburner had exploded. However after a hasty check around there appeared to be no damage. The dogs of the district were barking so I realised it was a wide spread event.
  • Bazoges-en-Pareds - Loud double boom which caused the house to jump then prolonged rattling. No damage but louder than previous experiences.
  • EMSC France Jan 24 16:23 3.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC France Dec 20 12:40 3.2 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC France Dec 19 09:10 3.2 1 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Corsica, France Dec 17 01:46 3.3 5 MAP I Felt It INFO

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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