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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Lake District hit by earthquake

An earthquake struck the Lake District last night.

According to the British Geological Survey, the quake - which had a magnitude of 2.1 on the Richter Scale - originated about 6km underground at Patterdale at 9.37pm.

Among those who felt the tremor was Becx Carter, parish clerk for Borrowdale Parish Council.

The council was concluding a meeting at Rosthwaite Institute, in Borrowdale, when the earthquake hit.

“There was what sounded like a freight train approaching,” Miss Carter said. “It was a deep, growly, rumbly noise and very quickly after the sound, we could feel a vibration coming through our feet.

“The vibration passed us and then stopped.”

It was the fourth largest quake around the British Isles in the last 50 days, says the BGS.

A 2.7 tremor occurred in the Atlantic Ocean off north west Ireland on November 21 and a similar size quake happened in the Jura, Argyll/Bute region on October 31. On November 8, a 2.3 event happened in the English Channel region, 85km from Jersey.

Have your say

Ray, you are partly right in that the tectonic plates are causing stress - as is the continuing uplift of the UK following retreat of the ice! But stick to the day job, the earthquakes do not occur randomly but on the very fault lines which you claim don't exist. They don't necessarily have to occur all along the faults in one go but are the result of re-adjustment as the rocks either side move either sideways or vertically in response to the stress at that point. The magnitude is a reflection of the energy released by these movements

Posted by Geo on 7 December 2012 at 21:26

Why not store the atomic rubble under the properties from the Owner and Manager of Sellafield ? They want tell us, all is harmless and will never be a problem at all.
To place a storage bunker in an insecure Rock formation this is a very very good idea.

Posted by Mike on 3 December 2012 at 13:36

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