A 5.4-magnitude earthquake hits Bosnia-Montenegro border region

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A magnitude 5.4 quake struck the border region between Montenegro and Bosnia early Thursday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The quake’s epicenter was around 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the town of Niksic in western Montenegro and 25 kilometers from the Bosnian town of Bileca.

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There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The tremor had a depth of about 7.6 kilometers and was felt as far as the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, more than 200 kilometers (124 miles) away.

The Balkans are an area of high seismic activity and prone to earthquakes.

A magnitude 5.7 quake struck the same region in April 2022, killing one person and injuring several others in Stolac, Bosnia.

In December 2020, a major earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 hit central Croatia, killing seven people and destroying hundreds of buildings and homes.

In March that same year, the Croatian capital Zagreb was hit by a magnitude 5.3 earthquake that caused extensive damage.

And in Albania, which borders Montenegro, more than 50 people were killed in a 2019 magnitude 6.4 earthquake that also left thousands homeless.

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