Magnitude-5.2 earthquake felt in south-western France

A magnitude-5.2 earthquake struck south-west France, near the city of La Rochelle, on April 28, 2016.
A magnitude-5.2 earthquake struck south-west France, near the city of La Rochelle, on April 28, 2016.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM USGS

PARIS (Reuters) - A magnitude-5.2 earthquake rattled the south-western French city of La Rochelle on Thursday (April 28), in the strongest quake in mainland France since April 2014, the Central French Seismic Office said.

Local press reported witnesses saying the quake, which struck at 8.45am local time, had caused buildings to shake, but there was no immediate reports of important damage.

Though smaller tremors are frequent in mainland France, strong earthquakes are rare.