TBILISI, DFWatch — There was an earthquake in Georgia on Sunday, causing minor damage in parts of the country.
According to the national seismic monitoring center, the earthquake struck at 17:31 local time and had a magnitude of 5.7. The epicenter was 46 km off the Black Sea coast, at 10 km’s depth.
People felt a strong shaking in western Georgia. Tremors could also be noticed in the capital Tbilisi and in Kutaisi, the second largest city.
Later in the evening, there were three more earthquakes. This time the epicenter was closer, 30-34 km from Georgia’s Black Sea coastline, but these were smaller quakes of 3.1, 3.9 and 4.2 magnitude.
Phone lines were overloaded, which made it difficult to call for a short period, mainly in western Georgia.
A reporter for IPN in Kobuleti on the Black Sea reported that the wall of one residential building collapsed, while cracks appeared in the walls of other houses.
Journalists reported that part of a large house in Kutaisi also collapsed, after cracks had appeared.
“It was a very strong earthquake. We were very afraid. When we looked out the window, we saw concrete debris falling from the roof,” one local told the news agency Pirveli.
There were earthquakes other places around the world too on Sunday, including in California, which had four quakes, Afghanistan two, and also in the Philippines and Alaska, Iran and Taiwan as well as Indonesia and other places.