The strongest earthquake in two centuries jolted northern Europe early today, injuring at least 21 people in Germany as it rattled tall buildings and damaged homes across a wide area, police said.
Preliminary readings put the intensity of the quake between 5.5 to 5.8. The epicenter was near the Dutch city Maastricht, according to the Seismographic Institute of the University of Cologne.
The quake left 21 people injured in the town of Heinsberg near Cologne, police said. Four of them were reported seriously hurt.
The shock was felt hundreds of miles away in Brussels, Belgium, throughout much of Germany and in northern France.