This 14 July 2017 video says about itself:
Earthquakes, said to be caused by drilling for gas, have wrecked hundreds of homes.
The people of Groningen are demanding the government take more action to limit gas production. Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen reports from Groningen.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Groningen province startled by a major earthquake
Last January, Groningen was also startled by an earthquake with a power of 3.4. The epicentre was then in Zeerijp, also in Loppersum municipality. 3000 damage reports came after that quake.
“This morning’s quake is now in the top 3 of the worst ones in Groningen,” says seismologist Läslo Evers of the KNMI. “This quake will have caused damage.” The heaviest quake ever in the province was in Huizinge in 2012 and had a force of 3.6.
Around 5.50 am the editors of regional broadcasters RTV Noord received hundreds of messages from a large part of the province from people who felt the quake.
They responded from Winsum, Ten Boer, Groningen city, Haren, Bedum, Zeerijp and Appingedam.
Prime Minister Rutte called the earthquake this morning “terrible”. In the Good Morning Netherlands TV program, he said he hoped the damage would be less than expected. According to Rutte, everyone in the nineteen fifties was still very optimistic about gas extraction, but it has now “turned into a nightmare”.
Dear Prime Minister Rutte: a nightmare largely made by your pro-Big Business right-wing VVD political party. Which has a revolving door with fossil fuel corporations like Shell. Now, at last, local VVD politicians in the northern Netherlands have lost enthusiasm about Shell, Exxon, fracking, etc. The racist far-right global warming denialist FvD is now the most slavish pro-Big Oil party.
In Westerwijtwerd after the quake, residents hang the Dutch and Groningen provincial flags today half mast: ‘Our government consciously endangers us’.