Another earthquake occurred in the Cheb area of West Bohemia on Monday
night. The tremors, which reached up to 4.1 on the Richter Scale, were
strongest before midnight, seismologists said. The area around Cheb –
which is in the Karlovy Vary Region – has been experiencing a series of
earthquakes over the last two weeks. However, Monday night’s was likely
the strongest this year.
Tremors were felt in half of the territory of the Czech Republic and in Bavaria, which neighbours West Bohemia.
If you add the ending “sko” to the names of a number of Czech towns and cities, then this is often the name for a larger area – or micro-region – also encompassing the surrounding countryside. One such example of this is Chebsko – the informal name for the region around the far western Bohemian city of Cheb.
Police on Monday raided the offices and flat of Cheb mayor Petr Navrátil. Searches were connected with the use of EU funds for regional projects. Navrátil said that police were interested in dossiers dating back three-and-a-half years, before he became the chairman of the regional organ responsible for evaluating and approving funded projects. The director of the body approving projects then, Petr Kušnierz, has already been sentence to five years in prison for abuse of his position and accepting bribes.
The remains of a Second World War Ukrainian soldier serving in the Red Army were laid to rest on Sunday in the Russian military cemetery in the town of Hlučín, North Moravia. The 22-year old Vasily Alexeyevich Stasko was killed on April 23, 1945 during the liberation fights, when his plane was shot down at Klimkovice, near Ostrava. His remains were only found last year. The ceremony was attended by the soldier's 72-year-old niece and her family.
A strong earthquake was felt in the Cheb district in Western Bohemia at around 2AM on Monday. Three tremors were recorded by a seismograph in Nový Kostel, the strongest of which was 4.2 on the Richter scale, iDnes.cz reported. The epicentre was across the border in Germany. Earthquakes are felt relatively often in Cheb but few have a magnitude of over 4.0.
A hundred years ago, the world was about to be plunged into a conflict whose impact can still be felt today in many parts of the globe. Indeed, the creation of independent Czechoslovakia was only made possible by the defeat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. However, around one million Czechs fought in World War I in Austro-Hungarian uniforms, and tens of thousands died on a broad stretch of territory from northern Italy to Ukraine and Poland. One of the country’s leading experts in this field is Radim Kapavík of Signum Belli 1914, a Brno-based military
The remains of thousands of soldiers are being moved from the cemetery in Prague to a former munitions store near Říčany. The first of around 3,000 coffins of soldiers killed in action after 1930 were transferred on Saturday due to the planned renovation of a crypt at the Olšany cemetery that has fallen into serious disrepair. The renovation will take about two years and will be carried out within the framework of events to mark the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Czechoslovak Legions during WWI.
The ground shook a number of times in the west Bohemian Cheb region throughout Tuesday, with the strongest tremors registering at 2.5 on the Richter scale during the night. Experts believe that the seismic activity may continue and get stronger. The last time this area experienced seismic activity was in 2011.