In Lower Saxony there was a light earthquake on Thursday evening at 17:36. The center was located near the municipality of Uchte in the Nienburg / Weser district, said Ole Ross, the duty seismologist of the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources. He gave the magnitude of the quake 3.0. Such an earthquake can cause minor damage to the building and it can be perceived as a bang or rumble.
According to information from the police in Nienburg, the size of the earthquake was 3.3. As a result, the center was located in Stolzenau, a neighboring community of Uchte. Police and fire brigade were not aware of any damage, said a police spokesman. According to him, the earthquake was probably only for measuring instruments to feel. According to an online overview of the State Office for Mining, Energy and Geology in Hanover, this was on 22 April 2016 in the district of Verden and on 19 December 2014 in the district of Cloppenburg. earthquake magnitude 3.1 each.
With regard to the April 2016 earthquake, the authorities later reported that it was "most likely due to the production of natural gas in the Völkersen gas field". "It can be assumed that the pressure drop, which was caused by the extraction of natural gas, led to stresses in the deep subsoil, which were impulsively broken down."