A magnitude 3.4 earthquake hit the northern Dutch village of Westerwijtwerd close to the giant Groningen gas field early Wednesday, Dutch meteorology institute KNMI said. Receive daily email alerts, subscriber notes & personalize your experience. Register Now This was the worst tremor in Groningen province since January 2018 when another 3.4 magnitude tremor hit, triggering moves by the Dutch government to phase out production at the field altogether. There have been six tremors with a higher than magnitude 1.5 registered so far this year, compared with 15 in 2018, the KNMI said. Gas production caps have been in place for a number of years to limit the impact of earthquakes linked to gas production at the Groningen field, operated by NAM, a joint venture between Shell and ExxonMobil. The quota for the current gas year (October 2018-September 2019) is set at 19.4 Bcm. The Dutch Council of […]