planespotterx
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3.1 Quake Hits Wales

Tue Feb 15, 2005 5:55 pm

Just wondering if anyother A.net members felt the tremor in North Wales.
Tremor lasted 3.1 on the Richter scale and was located 9 miles deep, the epicentre was between Llandudno and Caernarfon area, and it was felt up to 40 miles inland.
The quake wasnt the biggest the UK has seen, the biggest in Wales was 5.4 in 1984 near the town of Nefyn, reportedly in this instance it could have been the result of magmatic gasses escaping to the surface that could have contributed to that quake as residents reported seeing "glowing lights" on one of the mountains near to the town.
Also Wales history especially the North and NW parts is made from Volcanic and Tectonic forces, and a few million years ago Snowdon was once a active volcano.
Goes to show the forces that created the Welsh land are still at play today, and that its a constant reminder of the shifting Earth we live on.
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RE: 3.1 Quake Hits Wales

Tue Feb 15, 2005 6:05 pm

Has it caused any improvements?
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RE: 3.1 Quake Hits Wales

Tue Feb 15, 2005 6:11 pm

lol Banco not that ive heard of, smashed a few windows, toppled a bookcase, probobally caused a few small landslips but nothing too significant geologically, probobally moved parts of North Wales North by about a few inches or so.
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RE: 3.1 Quake Hits Wales

Tue Feb 15, 2005 6:25 pm

Interesting comment about seeing "glowing lights" on the side of a mountain. I didn't realize that gases could escape like that and cause a glow. That would be interesting to see.

We are constantly reminded of our changing earth, aren't we?
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RE: 3.1 Quake Hits Wales

Tue Feb 15, 2005 6:26 pm

Rumours are that some farmers and sheep fell down the hill connected to each other.
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RE: 3.1 Quake Hits Wales

Wed Feb 16, 2005 12:40 am

Have they found Pe@rson yet?... j/k.  Laugh out loud

The British Isles aren't THAT far away from a major plate that runs northwards up the Atlantic and straight under ICELAND. I was watching a programme on Sky about the formation of Iceland and it appears from goelogical evidence that this island was formed from a hot plume that burst to the surface thousands,possibly millions of years ago and is the reason why there is still so much volcanic activity today there.  Wow!
There are still many fault lines that run along the British Isles and its no surprise that tremors will keep occuring.
The Great Glen Fault in Scotland is still quite active but not too much to alarm anyone greatly.
I remember the TWO that struck here in the Midlands area about two years ago. Luckily there was minor damage and no casualties!
There are hundreds of tremors happening all the time but we don't feel many of them and this is a DAILY occurence.
Just thankful we dont get anything like the 9.0 on the Richter Scale in the tsunami disaster.

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RE: 3.1 Quake Hits Wales

Wed Feb 16, 2005 12:40 am

Are we sure it just wasn't a heard of sheep moving all at once away from GKirk's advances?
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RE: 3.1 Quake Hits Wales

Wed Feb 16, 2005 1:20 am

and that its a constant reminder of the shifting Earth we live on.

You know I would've thought that small tsunami at Christmas was enough..

Small earthquakes happen all the time, its a fact of life. This quake was absolutely nothing, but as the UK is such a horrifically boring place it has to make news.
 
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RE: 3.1 Quake Hits Wales

Wed Feb 16, 2005 1:48 am

If an earthquake leveled Wales.. How long would it take the civilized world to notice?
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RE: 3.1 Quake Hits Wales

Wed Feb 16, 2005 2:43 am

Just thankful we dont get anything like the 9.0 on the Richter Scale in the tsunami disaster.

We dont get 9.0s in the UK but we occasionally every 100 years get a 6.0 or higher, unfortunately in the English Channel zone where the fault-line is created from UK separating from France.
Worrying for me is that the epicentre isnt too far from the Channel Tunnel so should there be one soon (which will be highly likely) then im afraid I dont know how the tunnel would cope structurally, id imagine being built of concrete in sedimentary rocks it wouldnt hold "too well", maybe stay intact but structually it wouldnt be useable.
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RE: 3.1 Quake Hits Wales

Wed Feb 16, 2005 3:44 am

Where? It's not on the map.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/

(Damned link brackets thingies don't work!)

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RE: 3.1 Quake Hits Wales

Wed Feb 16, 2005 10:27 am

3.1 earthquake. Thats nothing. In mid Janurary WLG had 8 earthquakes in 10 hours, from 3.4 to 5.3 on the scale
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RE: 3.1 Quake Hits Wales

Wed Feb 16, 2005 11:41 am

I was about to say....baby quake.

You do realize that the Richter Scale is exponential.
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RE: 3.1 Quake Hits Wales

Wed Feb 16, 2005 12:24 pm

Can you even feel a 3.1?
 
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RE: 3.1 Quake Hits Wales

Wed Feb 16, 2005 12:27 pm

Shake-a-shake-a-shake-a

You could get a higher reading on the Richter by jumping up and down on a concrete floor...  Wink/being sarcastic
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RE: 3.1 Quake Hits Wales

Wed Feb 16, 2005 2:52 pm

3.1 is nothing on a worldwide scale, but in the UK which only see's about 3 or 4 (3.0's) a year its quite significant, most people wouldnt think of the UK as Quake prone but just about anywhere with fault lines can be "active" on a smaller scale..you dont have to be in Ca or Japan to feel quakes as the whole earth slowly moves.
In 3 years the UK has been hit by quite a few "shallow" quakes, namely Dudley, Manchester and now Wales..the Frequency is slightly increasing but not the size of the quakes, its just stress being relieved on the European quake as it moves Northwards, nothing too much to worry about in the short-term...thousands or millions of years however (if humans live that long), the channel tunnel would have "snapped" in 2 unless it was constantly upgraded to cope with the "drift" and the UK will be in a far colder climate like Northern Sweden is today.
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RE: 3.1 Quake Hits Wales

Thu Feb 17, 2005 4:50 pm

Just had a 4.8 here in Anchorage today.

Heard it long before I felt it.
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RE: 3.1 Quake Hits Wales

Thu Feb 17, 2005 8:21 pm

A very active day today in Anchorage. Started off with the 4.8. Then had many little ones and another 3.8 or 4.1, not sure what they called it but had one of those around 5.

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