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Arette earthquake of August 13, 1967. Houses destroyed


Description : The 1967 Arette earthquake occurred on 13 August 1967 at 23:08 (UTC+1) in the Béarnese foothills of the Pyrenees. With an estimated magnitude of 5.3 on the Richter local scale, it was the largest earthquake felt in metropolitan France during the 20th century, after the 1909 earthquake in Provence, and the last one that caused major damage and human toll in the metropolitan area. With a maximum intensity of VIII on the MSK scale in the epicentral zone, it destroys a large part of the nearby village of Arette, and damages several surrounding villages. The tremors are felt throughout southwestern France, as well as in Spain. Despite the violence of the earthquake, the toll is relatively modest, with one dead and a few hundred injured. The image shows that the village of Arette suffered many major damages, revealing a serious failure of the stone masonry walls (pebbles of the gave), and a partial failure of the roofs and floors. This photo of stone masonry buildings indicates a total failure of the structure.
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Submitted on : Monday, November 18, 2019 - 10:53:49 AM
Last modification on : Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 3:12:03 PM