Earthquake rocks Zakarpattia Oblast

27 February, 01:32 PM
An earthquake was recorded in Zakarpattia Oblast (Photo:Angelo_Giordano/

An earthquake was recorded in Zakarpattia Oblast (Photo:Angelo_Giordano/

An earthquake was recorded in Zakarpattia Oblast on Feb. 27, at 03:15 a.m., the Main Center of Special Control, a Ukrainian state geophysical monitoring center, reported on Facebook on Feb. 27.

The earthquake was recorded as having a magnitude of 3.3 on the Richter scale at a depth of two kilometers in the area of the village of Velyka Dobron, 19 kilometers west of the city of Mukachevo, Zakarpattia Oblast.

According to government assessments, the earthquake does not pose a threat to the population, though it was strongly felt by people who were indoors at the time.

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“People are waking up, but no one is scared,” the Main Center of Special Control’s report reads.

“Oscillations are similar to the shock produced by a heavily loaded car. Shaking of windows, doors, dishes. Creaking of the floor and walls. The furniture begins to shake. Hanging objects are easily shaken; goods in open air markets rolled around slightly. In parked cars, the jolt was noticeable.”

The center noted that a previous earthquake, felt in more than 15 settlements in Ukraine’s Transcarpathia region, was registered around the town of Irshava on Jan. 3, 2023 with a magnitude of 3.8 at a depth of six kilometers.

On the night of Feb. 6, an earthquake occurred on the border of Turkey and Syria in the province of Gaziantep – one of the most powerful seismic disturbances in the last century. There were several powerful aftershocks after that. A state of emergency was declared in ten provinces, and aid was offered by dozens of countries.

According to the latest data from Turkey and Syria, the death toll from the earth-quakes that struck both countries on Feb. 6 exceeded 50,000 people.

In total, about 20 million people were affected by the earthquakes in Turkey, and 8.8 million in Syria, according to UN estimates.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to rebuild homes within a year, though experts say authorities must put safety ahead of speed.

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