July 20, 2005
Heavy rain causes earth tremors in German Alps
BERLIN (Reuters) - Heavy rain has caused a series of earth
tremors at the foot of the German Alps, Bavarian Environment
Minister Werner Schnappauf said Wednesday.
"Scientists had long suspected a connection between heavy
rainfall and clusters of small quakes in this part of the
Alps," he said in a statement. "The proof is a small sensation
Hochstaufen mountain in Bavaria since Friday, most of which
will not have been noticed by residents, according to the
ministry. The strongest had a magnitude of 2.7 on the Richter
The tremors were probably caused by the rain dissolving
salty stone inside the mountain, a ministry official said.