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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Earthquake registered in north Cumbria

Did the earth move for you in part of North Cumbria yesterday? Probably not, is the anwer.

But the earthquake that was centred about nine kilometres (five miles) north west of Wigton yesterday morning still happened.

The British Geological Survey says the event took place at 10.12am and occurred seven kilometres (four miles) underground.

It had a magnitude of 2.1 on the Richter Scale, a measurement devised to quantify the energy released during a quake.

With such a low magnitude, the tremor would only have been felt by seismometers. It is estimated 800,000 of these mini quakes take place around the world each year.

A tremor would need to be between 3.5 and 4.2 for it to be just about noticeable.

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this is another reason why the whole of cumbria is unsuitable and must be protected from decc's proposed nuclear dump [gdf]

Posted by mrs terry on 23 January 2014 at 15:23

Just wait until the FRACKING starts!!!!

Posted by dave on 22 January 2014 at 20:07

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