Earthquake hits Slovakia; 4.7 on Richter scale

Some people in Slovakia got a shock on Friday evening at 6.42 pm when an earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale hit the country.

The epicentre was in Hungary about 20 km from the Slovak border, but the tremors were felt in various towns throughout Slovakia, including Banska Bystrica, Nitra, Levice, Prievidza and Nove mesto nad Vahom.

The earthquake lasted around 12 seconds and people in the town of Komarno, the closest point in Slovakia to the epicentre, said they even felt the buildings shake. Some people there and in other towns left their homes and were afraid to go back in fear of aftershocks or the building collapsing.

The Geophysical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) is requesting anyone who felt the earthquake to relay their experience on their website at

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