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(The Sun)   Everyone grab their knickers: 2.9 magnitude earthquake strikes the East Midlands of England, giving residents an early morning shock. Everybody PANIC   ( divider line
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2013-01-18 02:00:25 PM  
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2013-01-18 03:17:58 PM  
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Hearthquakes 'ardly 'ever 'appen in 'ertfordshire.

Small quakes are common in the UK. Most often they occur in the midlands, it seems.

Charles Hoy Fort collected many descriptions of "anomalous" small quakes and descriptions of "thunder" from the sky which accompanied them. If he had been less of a skeptic and a joker, or if he had had some knowledge of, say, medical semiotics, he might have realized that these sounds did not really come from the sky but were created by the quakes. As it was he was a skeptic and a joker and liked to mock the positivism of nineteenth and early twentieth century science, so he suggested these sounds really did come from the sky and that they may have had nothing to do with the quakes.

The British Isles are still rebounding from the ice cap that covered bits of them during the last glaciation. Scotland is rising, and conversely, the South of England is sinking. This, combined with rising sea levels and erosion, as well as some human activities such as peat cutting, has resulted in a fair amount of land lost to the sea, including some prosperous medieval towns and villages.

Although Britain is not sitting on the kind of subduction zone that produces the most spectacular earthquakes and volcanoes, it is still mildly geologically active, hence the small earthquakes. I don't know of any really big ones in historical times.

There are similar areas in North America where small earthquakes are common and large ones very rare.

We have had a number of earthquakes between 4 and 4.5 in the National Capital Region (or rather, in nearby Quebec) and in my native New Brunswick. I was indoors through all of these, but the building swayed and made a noise like trouble with an elevator in one, and the dishes rattled in another. My parents and neighbours reported that the earthquake sounded like a train going by across the river in this latter case, because they were outside on the patio.

Both the Ottawa River Valley and the Maritime Provinces are also sinking gently because of the rebound of Hudson's Bay and the surrounding tundra and boreal forest from the last glaciation, so I suppose we are experiencing the same sort of geological activity as the UK. There are other places where earthquakes are more violent. The St. Louis area has had bad quakes in the past and will likely have another soon, which is to say within the next couple of centuries, because you can't really predict earthquakes much better than that . The mechanism and type of these earthquakes is quite different from the usual quakes that you get in California or Japan. You can find more details online easily enough.
2013-01-18 02:54:15 PM  
1 vote:
England you are a bunch of pussies
2013-01-18 02:45:37 PM  
1 vote:

Stantz: we had a 4.3 off the coast of Dover/Folkestone a few years ago 10th of a score ago. We felt it 15 miles 24 kilometers inland, and my workmate, who lives in folkestone, said the ground vibrated juddered violently for a few seconds. Varying degrees of structural primary damage and one woman got whiplash whoopla. I just remember laying in bed feeling a sense of movement transit, and a small ornament against our window rattled clattered a bit

that's better
2013-01-18 12:28:56 PM  
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What was the great mid-Atlantic quake, like a 5.1 or something?  I barely felt that, first one in my life I ever felt actually, didn't even realize it was a quake until I saw the news.  A 2.9 is absolutely nothing, I don't think that would even get neighborhood dogs barking.
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