Two earthquakes hit Liechtenstein just as lawmakers in the tiny Alpine principality were debating the pros and cons of quake insurance.
Lawmaker Bettina Petzold-Maehr had just warned that the chances of all Liechtenstein citizens being affected by an earthquake striking the country were high when the first small temblor hit, shortly before 2 p.m. local time on Thursday.
Petzold-Maehr laughed and continued until the second quake struck and caused the room to shake visibly.
“This is getting a bit much; you never know if there’ll be aftershocks,” speaker Albert Frick said, announcing a 15-minute recess.
Records by the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences showed a magnitude 4.0 earthquake hit Liechtenstein, which is sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria, Thursday afternoon.
Liechtenstein police said no injuries or damage were reported, and gave a magnitude of 3.9 for the quake.
Liechtenstein has a population of just under 39,000 and a surface area of 60 square kilometres, making it slightly smaller than Washington, D.C.
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