The 18 September 1692 Earthquake in the Belgian Ardenne and Its Aftershocks

  • P. Alexandre
  • D. Kusman
  • T. Petermans
  • T. Camelbeeck
Part of the Modern Approaches in Solid Earth Sciences book series (MASE, volume 2)

Abstract

New discoveries in different record-offices provide additional information on the effects of the 18 September 1692 earthquake, mainly for localities in the epicentral area and in Germany. In the northern part of the Belgian Ardenne, substantial to heavy damage and sometimes complete destruction of houses and large buildings (castles and churches) is described, suggesting intensity values on the EMS-98 macroseismic scale ranging from VII to VIII. German records allowed also to improve the assessment of the intensities in large cities like Köln, Mainz, Trier and Frankfurt and thus allowed to better delimitate the isoseismals of intensities V and VI towards the East. Based on the intensity evaluation for the 220 localities for which contemporary information is available, the magnitude of the earthquake has been evaluated to range between 6 and 61/4.

A new list of the known aftershocks of the 18 September 1692 earthquake is presented together with maps indicating the localities in which these have been reported.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Alexandre
    • 1
  • D. Kusman
  • T. Petermans
  • T. Camelbeeck
    • 1
  1. 1.Royal Observatory of Belgium Ringlaan 3Belgium

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