Earthquakes in Denmark
In Denmark the ground typically shakes two to ten times a year due to a small local earthquake. Only a few of these tremors are strong enough to be felt by anyone, as the magnitude lies somewhere between 1.5 and 4.5 on the Richter scale.
People living in Thy or in North Zealand have the best chance of experiencing a Danish earthquake. In Greenland the earthquakes are concentrated along the coasts, with the highest concentration in the north-east corner of the island.
On a global scale Denmark is a seismically quiet region. The majority of the world's earthquakes occur along the edges of the large lithospheric plates. The lithosphere is the outer hard shell of the earth, and it consists of large plates like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle.
Due to flow (convection) in the interior of the earth, the plates are moving relative to each other. Many earthquakes occur where the plates bump into each other, where one plate is subducted below another, or where the plates are pulled apart. Our closest plate boundaries are in the mid-Atlantic spreading ridge, and the Alpine Mediteranean region, where the African and European plates collide.
Current Earthquake Information,
please go to the
U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program Website