An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale declared on Thursday in Sao Tome and Principe, seismologists say.
The information was provided by the site seismologue.com. According to specialists from this institution, the seismic movement occurred in the afternoon at 15:25:59 GMT more than 84 km from Terra Firme, the city closest to the epicenter.
« An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 occurred 1 hour ago on Thursday December 19, 2019 at 15:25:59 UTC (Thursday December 19, 2019 at 16:25:59 French time and Thursday December 19 2019 at 3:25:59 pm local time) 84.45 km from Terra Firme, which is the city closest to the epicenter, ”reads seismologue.com.
For the moment, no details on the human or material balance of this tremor. However, in Gabon, a wind of panic blew in Libreville causing the evacuation of several buildings including buildings in the city center.
But it was not only in Sao Tome that the Earth trembled. According to seismologue.com, on this day of Thursday, December 19, 2019, there were 228 earthquakes all over the planet.
And the most powerful is that of San José Rama Blanca (Guatemala).
The 5.9 magnitude earthquake occurred at 12:35:32 GMT and clearly did not cause any damage. Even if the country of Central America is customary of deadly earthquakes like the one that killed at least 2 people in 2017.
If the earthquake of 1960 in Chile remains the most powerful of the contemporary era with a magnitude of 9.5, the deadliest is that of Haiti which, with a magnitude of 7, killed more than 240,000 people in 2010.
And the deadliest of all time remains the earthquake which killed 830,000 people on January 23, 1556 in Shaanxi, China.