A whole lot of shaking going on

by Bene Diction on February 27, 2008

People were awakened in Scotland, Wales and Englnad by a quake measuring5.2 on the Richter scale last night. That’s the biggest quake in the UK in 20 years. The British Geological Survey says it occurred at a depth of 15.4 k and lasted 10 seconds.

It occurred at 12:56 GMT which for those of us in North America would be -5 hours minimum, we’d have been finishing up chores, chatting on the phone, getting the kids ready for bed, watching TV.

The epicentre of the quake was Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, about 30 kilometres about south west of Grimsby. One man received some leg injuries when his chimney landed in his bedroom.

There are about 200 quakes in the the UK each year, people feel about 1/8th of them. The last one felt this much was in North Wales in 1984.

Did anything break in your place?

Leaving Munster
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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

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AJ 02.27.08 at 9:28 am

Nothing in Llandeilo. I’m obviously glad to still have a full complement in the chimney department, but I can’t help but feel a little disappointed to have not experienced the quake. I reckon it’s a throwback to the days when any minor disaster could, potentially, have resulted in a day off school… Hey ho.

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Jacqui 02.27.08 at 10:30 am

Nothing broken here in Nottingham, but the noise and shaking woke me up and was actually really scary as I couldn’t figure out what was going on. It seemed to go on for ages, but can only have been a few seconds in reality.

It was quite a relief when I turned the radio on to find out what had happened - I really couldn’t figure it out at all.

3

Kim 02.27.08 at 10:35 am

Only wind.

4

Richard 02.27.08 at 10:46 am

Ironic that I should learn about this from my own blog in a post written from Canada.
The interweb is a wonderful thing!

5

Beth 02.27.08 at 11:38 am

Nothing broke, but it was a little bit scary!

6

DH 02.27.08 at 3:10 pm

I saw the news. I’ll be praying for you all. It sounded very scary to have an earthquake. My the Lord comfort you all. God bless you all.

7

Andybear 02.27.08 at 7:55 pm

Richard, where is Englnad? Sounds quite exotic.

8

Heather 02.28.08 at 9:25 am

Interese. Mi nenion spertis en Kardifo, Suda Kimrio kaj tradormis la tutan eventon!

Interesting. I didn’t feel anything in Cardiff, South Wales and slept through the whole event!

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steph 02.28.08 at 10:53 am

We get quite big ones regularly - they are so familiar they are almost friendly … but then they are only reminding us that our land is an eruption from between two plates which are now gradually shifting into an overlap position and splitting our islands down the middle … slowly, ever so slowly. We have loads of public advertising “Quake Safe” - how to be prepared for an earthquake so I suppose we advert breakages to a degree by fixing bookcases to walls and putting things in stable positions. But we have disasters sometimes - the last biggie in my home town Napier was 1931. As a consequence, we have an airport (lifted from the sea), a hill rather than an island with a hill, and an Art Deco town. Last tremor was a week ago but apparently they all the time.

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