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4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits The South Eastern UK

Sat Apr 28, 2007 9:48 pm

A reasonably large Earthquake, certainly for the UK, has occurred in the South East of England this morning. Some reports of structural damage, but news reports are still fairly vague.

Hopefully no-one has been seriously injured.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Maps/region/Europe.php

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/6602677.stm


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Edit - news link.

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RE: 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits The South Eastern UK

Sat Apr 28, 2007 10:47 pm

CNN was just reporting the magnitude upgraded to 4.7. Is that unusual for the UK?

We get quakes here all the time - had a 4.2 last Wednesday morning at 0236. Strangely enough, it woke me up.

I hope no major damage there.
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RE: 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits The South Eastern UK

Sat Apr 28, 2007 11:24 pm

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):
CNN was just reporting the magnitude upgraded to 4.7. Is that unusual for the UK?

It's not too common that we get anything over about 2 or 3 on the Richter scale. Not sure exactly what it measured in at, the BBC initially said 4.7, then changed it to 4.3, but now they seem to have gone back to 4.7 - whichever, it's the largest in the British Isles for 5 years.

Previous Quakes, From BBC article:

December 2006 - Dumfries and Galloway (Magnitude 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)


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RE: 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits The South Eastern UK

Sun Apr 29, 2007 12:33 am

John Prescott fell off his chair again...

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RE: 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits The South Eastern UK

Sun Apr 29, 2007 1:30 am

I live in Maidstone, Kent and it woke me this morning. A few finely balanced items on my bookshelf had been knocked over too.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):
Is that unusual for the UK?

Quite unusual really. An expert stated on the news this morning that we only get one this big in this part of the country every 7-10 years.
 
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RE: 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits The South Eastern UK

Sun Apr 29, 2007 1:48 am

Quoting Oli80 (Reply 4):
Quite unusual really. An expert stated on the news this morning that we only get one this big in this part of the country every 7-10 years.

It is definetely quite unusual, i read in a geographic article about the British Isles being one of the least prone to any natural disasters.
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RE: 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits The South Eastern UK

Sun Apr 29, 2007 3:45 am

Quoting LAXspotter (Reply 5):
It is definetely quite unusual, i read in a geographic article about the British Isles being one of the least prone to any natural disasters.

With the weather they have, who needs more disasters than that?.
 
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RE: 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits The South Eastern UK

Sun Apr 29, 2007 5:08 am

Any damages on the Chunnel???

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RE: 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits The South Eastern UK

Sun Apr 29, 2007 6:07 am

Quoting Solnabo (Reply 7):
Any damages on the Chunnel???

Nah, those leaks were already there...  Wink

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RE: 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits The South Eastern UK

Sun Apr 29, 2007 6:34 am

I remember a 4.1 tremor in Manchester in 2002. I was sat down and saw a ripple visibly move across the floor. Bloody perculiar sensation! But, believe it or not, not as rare a people think. We get smaller tremors (2 or 3 on the Richter Scale) quite regularly. But we average a larger tremor about once every five years. The largest ever earthquake to hit the UK was the 6.1 tremor already mentioned. However, it could happen again some day!
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RE: 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits The South Eastern UK

Sun Apr 29, 2007 9:18 am

I was born and brought up in the Folkestone area. Believe me, this has caused several hundred thousand pounds worth of improvements.  grumpy 
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RE: 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits The South Eastern UK

Sun Apr 29, 2007 8:07 pm

Quoting Oli80 (Reply 4):
I live in Maidstone, Kent and it woke me this morning

I was at work in Maidstone at the time and didn't notice a thing.

The first I knew of it was when I got home around lunchtime and it was headline news on Sky.
 
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RE: 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits The South Eastern UK

Mon Apr 30, 2007 3:59 pm

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 2):
Previous Quakes, From BBC article:

December 2006 - Dumfries and Galloway (Magnitude 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)

Seem to have forgotten about one that happened near Longtown on 26th December 1979, which was 4.7 on the richter scale.

Quoting Banco (Reply 10):
I was born and brought up in the Folkestone area. Believe me, this has caused several hundred thousand pounds worth of improvements. grumpy

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RE: 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits The South Eastern UK

Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:49 pm

Quoting LAXspotter (Reply 5):
It is definetely quite unusual, i read in a geographic article about the British Isles being one of the least prone to any natural disasters.

We're more prone than you would think. We have several tornadoes each year, admittedly not as bas as in Tornado Alley, but still enough to cause damage. We are also prone to flooding, and have flash floods on a semi-frequent basis. Boscastle was one of the worst recently, and, of course, one has to quote Lynmouth, which suffered catastrophic flooding on 17 August 1952, in which 12 lives were lost. Coincidentally, the Boscastle incident happened exactly 52 years to the day after the Lynmouth floods.

We're also prone to serious storms coming off the Atlantic, the Great Storm of 1987 being a perfect example of this. The press billed this as a Hurricane, but this was not the case. For a Hurricane to be classified as so, it has to form in the tropics. This storm formed in the Bay of Biscay, off the coast of France. This storm can be categorised as a Stingjet, a recently discovered storm front that is shaped somewhat like a Scorpion's tail. The wind in the main part of the storm is usually pretty serious, gusting 60-80mph, whilst as the Stingjet passes over the gusts can average 120-140mph.

We might not have disasters on the same scale as the US, but for a small island we certainly get our fair share!
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RE: 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits The South Eastern UK

Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:52 pm

Breaking News !!!

BBC are now reporting that the cause of the earthquake was from JGPHXYZ123A stepping off a ferry and on to dry land at Folkestone at the weekend.

Reports suggest that minor tremors were felt in Glasgow as a result........
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RE: 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits The South Eastern UK

Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:54 pm

Quoting Ferengi80 (Reply 13):
We have several tornadoes each year, admittedly not as bas as in Tornado Alley, but still enough to cause damage

Some bright spark worked out that the UK gets more tornadoes in a year than anywhere else on earth; they're just usually too small to notice.

Quoting Cornish (Reply 14):
BBC are now reporting that the cause of the earthquake was from JGPHXYZ123A stepping off a ferry and on to dry land at Folkestone at the weekend.

Presumably Folkestone is now 200 feet beneath the waves.
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RE: 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits The South Eastern UK

Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:25 pm

Quoting Cornish (Reply 14):
Reports suggest that minor tremors were felt in Glasgow as a result........

Sure that wasn't the result of Gkirk's beer and curry binge last night? Wink

Quoting Banco (Reply 15):
Some bright spark worked out that the UK gets more tornadoes in a year than anywhere else on earth; they're just usually too small to notice.

I think they also class waterspouts in that, which we do get a lot of - although funnily enough they usually stay over... well, water!


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RE: 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits The South Eastern UK

Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:29 pm

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 16):
Sure that wasn't the result of Gkirk's beer and curry binge last night?

No that was the loud thunder heard in Folkestone followed by a toxic gas cloud that wiped out Western Scotland (hooray !) Big grin
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RE: 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits The South Eastern UK

Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:58 pm

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