"An earthquake centred near Oroszlány damaged buildings in Komárom-Esztergom county and shook residents of Budapest on Saturday evening. The quake in the town 44km west of Budapest measured 4.8 on the Richter scale. It began after 6.45 p.m. and lasted 38 seconds.
National Disaster Management spokeswoman Tímea Petróczi said minor cracks appeared in buildings and chimneys were tilted in Komárom, Pest and Fejér counties. Nobody was hurt, and no-one was evacuated in the quake.
Hungary last experienced such a strong earthquake in Berhida, Veszprém county in August 1985, which measured 4.9 on the Richter scale.
Three larger earthquakes occurred in Hungary in the 20th century: one in Dunaharaszti in 1956, one in Kecskemét in 1911, each measuring 5.6 degrees, and a 5.0 degree quake in Eger in 1925.
The Danube bridges in Budapest and the underpasses were not damaged. Inspectors were continuously checking the bridges to detect any damage.
In Vértessomló, near the epicentre, mayor József Hartdégen said cracks had developed in 21 properties in the village, mostly in older buildings.
Three instances of serious damage were reported In Budapest. Cracks were detected on the walls of a ten-storey housing estate made of prefabricated elements on Gazdagréti tér in the 11th District, as well as in high-rise buildings on Hollós Korvin Lajos utca and on Huszti út, both in the Third District. Static engineers established that the houses did not pose a danger, and did not have to be evacuated.
Hungary is at moderate risk of earthquakes, seismologist László Tóth told Magyar Hírlap. Quakes measuring 4-4.5 on the Richter scale occur every 15-20 years, while those measuring 6.0 or more occur every 100-150 years.
The most devastating earthquake to strike Hungary, estimated at 6.3 on the Richter scale, hit Komárom on June 28, 1763. It caused 63 deaths and heavily damaged buildings."
Source: Hungary Around the Clock.
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