Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Earthquake felt across much of UK

The biggest earthquake in the UK for nearly 25 years has shaken homes across large parts of the country. The epicentre of the 5.2 magnitude quake was near Market Rasen in Lincolnshire. “It felt like the roof was going to fall in. There were people coming out in their dressing gowns wondering what it was. It was quite an experience." There was slight structural damage, cracks and a couple of chimneys damaged. Dr Brian Baptie, of the BGS, said: "An earthquake of this size, of magnitude five or thereabouts, will occur roughly every 10 to 20 years in the UK.
April 2007 - Folkestone, Kent (magnitude 4.3)
December 2006 - Dumfries and Galloway (3.5)
September 2002 - Dudley, West Midlands (5.0)
October 2001 - Melton Mowbray (4.1)
September 2000 - Warwick (4.2)
April 1990 - Bishop's Castle, Shropshire (5.1)
July 1984 - Nefyn, north Wales (5.4)
June 1931 - in North Sea near Great Yarmouth (6.1)
There is a huge amount of information on the BBC site here including good stuff on how earthquakes happen.
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Watch these videos too if you can. Video1, video2, video3.

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