The French Seismological Central Office (BCSF) recorded a 5.4-magnitude earthquake in the Ardèche and Drôme regions on Monday, November 11, during which four people have been injured and some infrastructure damages were reported. Authorities stated that a 4.5-magnitude aftershock is possible in the coming hours or days in the affected area. Related transportation and business disruptions are likely in the coming days.
The region often experiences seismic events, though encounters such earthquakes only once every four to five years..
Individuals in the region are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks. In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (under a table, under a door frame, in a small bathroom, etc.), to move away from windows, and to not attempt to leave the building unless there is an immediate danger to their life. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, streetlights, etc. After a major earthquake, check buildings for damages, including downed power lines or damaged gas lines.
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