Southern France hit by magnitude 5.4 quake

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An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale was felt across parts of southern France on Monday, centred on the town of Montélimar where it caused serious injuries to at least one person and damaged buildings, leading to the closure of a nuclear power plant and local schools.

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A moderate earthquake measuring 5.4 in magnitude struck a part of southern France on Monday seriously injuring one person, authorities said, adding that they are investigating reports of light damage to about a dozen buildings, reports The New York Times.