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Locals baffled by mysterious shaking in Stockholm

The strange earthquake-like tremors in Stockholm have left many people, including experts, puzzled as to what could be the cause.

Mysterious tremors rock Stockholm… but are NOT caused by an earthquake: Residents baffled by mysterious tremors

  • Residents of the Swedish capital reported an unusual tremor in the city
  • Seismologists have ruled out the possibility that it was an earthquake
  • It’s unclear what causes the earthquake-like rumble

Many people living in and around Stockholm felt an eerie rumble, with seismologists strongly denying it was an earthquake.

According to the Swedish National Seismological Network (SNSN), nothing has been detected suggesting an earthquake has occurred.

“We can rule out with certainty that it was an earthquake,” says Peter Schmidt, seismologist at SNSN

The strange earthquake-like tremors in Stockholm have left many people, including experts, puzzled as to what could be the cause.

The strange earthquake-like tremors in Stockholm have left many people, including experts, puzzled as to what could be the cause.

Swedish Air Force communications manager Louise Levin joked, “You can call Saab (the Swedish aerospace company) about it.”

Residents took to Twitter to comment on the mysterious tremors in the Swedish town: “If it wasn’t an earthquake, what was it? It shook heavily,” one resident wrote.

Another person commenting asked: “Is it an earthquake here?”.

Stockholm County’s emergency rescue service speculates that the shaking is due to road construction, “but we don’t know”, comments Henrik Jynnersjö of the emergency rescue service.

Sweden experiences earthquakes every day, but only at a minimal level, so minimal that often they can only be detected with earthquake-sensitive equipment. This is not to say that stronger earthquakes have not been felt before in the country.

Although Sweden has earthquakes on a daily basis, they are usually too small to be felt by anyone except advanced seismic technology.

Although Sweden has earthquakes on a daily basis, they are usually too small to be felt by anyone except advanced seismic technology.

“We can have earthquakes up to magnitude six on the Richter scale. Five point four is the strongest we are completely sure of. It happened near the Koster Islands off the coast of west, in 1904. It was so great that it shook all of southern and central Sweden, Norway and all of Denmark. And it was even said to be felt as far as St. Petersburg,” explains Björn Lund, head of SNSN.

According to a website that tracks seismic activity, the last confirmed earthquake in Sweden occurred on January 19 in a county northeast of Stockholm with a reading of magnitude 1.1 on the Richter scale.

There are, however, a few unusual anomalies, where pockets of tremors appear geographically dislocated by the shifting effect of tectonic plate movement.

“Over the past 20 years, we’ve observed a cluster of seismic sites that don’t behave quite as we thought. We don’t know why they’re there.” explains Lund in a short film broadcast by SNSN.

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