€50m bill as 5.4 French quake leaves hundreds homeless

France's largest earthquake in 15 years – with a magnitude of  5.4 – wrecked many buildings in an Ardèche town and left four people injured and hundreds homeless.

The Cruas nuclear power station 10km away was halted for a time for checks after a tremor alarm went off but the larger Tricastin power station, 25km south east and on a faultline, had no problems.

Olivier Pévérelli, mayor of 8,000-resident Le Teil, said rebuilding ...

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