What happened on 25 January 1946?
Underground ruptures and surface shaking !2 min
A seismograph is an instrument designed to record earthquake signals2 min
Magnitude and intensity of earthquakes3 min
In which risk zone do I live?3 min
From its formation until today3 min
The elastic rebound theory3 min
Collapse of the Rawyl Cold Water site2 min
The limits of rocks and soils1 min
Effect of the earthquake on buildings in 19462 min
Be prepared before, protect yourself during, know how to react afterwards2 min
Make an emergency kit
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What happened in Sierre in 1946?
Friday evening, 25 January 1946: night had already fallen on snowy Sierre. At 6.32 pm the ground was shaken for a few seconds. The inhabitants rushed outside, chimneys and tiles fell from the roofs and the streets were strewn with rubble. A power failure left the city in total darkness for ten minutes. Telephone lines were immediately saturated. Chaotic conditions in total uncertainty prevailed for a few hours.
It was not until the next day that the consequences of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake were revealed: 4 dead, 3,500 buildings damaged.