LiveEarthquake in Bristol Channel sends tremors to Somerset and Devon

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Summary

  • Earthquake recorded under the Bristol Channel, the British Geological Survey say.
  • The 4.1 magnitude quake happened at about 1.20pm.
  • The epicentre was north of Ilfracombe, Devon, and was at a depth of 3.1 miles.
  • People in Bridgwater and Taunton say they felt tremors.

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SEISMOLOGISTS say the world experiences around 5,500 of this sized earthquakes in the world every year.

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THE last earthquake in the UK was yesterday (February 19) in the Irish Sea.

It measured 1.2 on the Richter scale.

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LACEY Sear, of Taunton, said her sofa started 'wobbling'.

She added: "It sounded like the house had been thumped, but realised I was vibrating."

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THE earthquake is thought to be the biggest in the UK since February 2008, when a 5.2 quake hit Market Rasen, in Lincolnshire.

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SUSANNAH Grant told the County Gazette: "I was very aware of the movement for a few seconds but I am sure that has something to do with being in a 2nd floor flat."

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EXPERTS in earthquakes say they do not expect any significant damage to be caused by today's tremor.

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DID you feel the earthquake? If so, contact the newsroom on 01823-365210 or via Facebook or Twitter @GazetteDMilli

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THIS British Geological Society map shows all recorded seismicity within a 50km radius of the epicentre:

Bridgwater Mercury:

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THE tremour is one of nine around the world in the last 24 hours to reach a magnitude greater than 4.

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THE worst earthquake on record in the UK was one of 6.1 in the Dogger Bank area of the North Sea in 1931.

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THE British Geological Survey says earthquakes of magnitude 4 are felt roughly every two years in the UK.

Stronger tremours of magnitude 5 hit the UK every 10-20 years.

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THIS map was produced by experts at the British Geological Society, showing the location of the earthquake:

Bridgwater Mercury:

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PEOPLE headed on Twitter to share the news that they felt the earthquake tremor:
 

 

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REPORTS on Twitter talked of one building in Bridgwater "swaying" during the quake while others said it was felt as far away as Taunton.

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AN earthquake was recorded under the Bristol Channel, the British Geological Survey has confirmed.

The 4.1 magnitude quake happened at about 1.20pm and the epicentre was north of Ilfracombe, Devon, and south of the Gower, in Wales, and was at a depth of 3.1 miles (5km).

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PEOPLE across Somerset say they felt the effects of a 4.1 magnitude earthquake in the Bristol Channel.

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4:52pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Dr Dave says...

I thought the wife had ****!
I thought the wife had ****! Dr Dave
  • Score: -4

8:24pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Samej1 says...

Any minute now somerset socialist party will be here to blame it on the Tories....
Any minute now somerset socialist party will be here to blame it on the Tories.... Samej1
  • Score: 5

8:32pm Thu 20 Feb 14

nat_11 says...

not so much as a tweak. shows the buildings we'll built then!
not so much as a tweak. shows the buildings we'll built then! nat_11
  • Score: 4

10:16pm Thu 20 Feb 14

theyardy says...

Should we be thinking about building another nuclear power station near an earthquake zone.
NO we should be following the German's and going back to coal fired power stations.
Yes this was a small quake but who knows what nature will through at us next time.
Should we be thinking about building another nuclear power station near an earthquake zone. NO we should be following the German's and going back to coal fired power stations. Yes this was a small quake but who knows what nature will through at us next time. theyardy
  • Score: -10

12:10am Fri 21 Feb 14

Blue Owl says...

theyardy wrote:
Should we be thinking about building another nuclear power station near an earthquake zone.
NO we should be following the German's and going back to coal fired power stations.
Yes this was a small quake but who knows what nature will through at us next time.
A minor Earthquake,of 4.1, the Seismologist stated that there were around 5500, of these annually in the UK.
Really, did the Earth Move For you, NO !!, I was being driven by friends to Honiton Devon, never heard or felt a thing.
Nuclear Power Generating Stations are built to a much higher Threshhold than this little Quakes Registering Scale.
Coal Power, is not the answer, Nuclear is the Way Forward, with Strict Safety Protocols in Force, at all levels, of Production and Generation, as has been the UK Policy for many years.
David L Preece
Blue-Owl.
[quote][p][bold]theyardy[/bold] wrote: Should we be thinking about building another nuclear power station near an earthquake zone. NO we should be following the German's and going back to coal fired power stations. Yes this was a small quake but who knows what nature will through at us next time.[/p][/quote]A minor Earthquake,of 4.1, the Seismologist stated that there were around 5500, of these annually in the UK. Really, did the Earth Move For you, NO !!, I was being driven by friends to Honiton Devon, never heard or felt a thing. Nuclear Power Generating Stations are built to a much higher Threshhold than this little Quakes Registering Scale. Coal Power, is not the answer, Nuclear is the Way Forward, with Strict Safety Protocols in Force, at all levels, of Production and Generation, as has been the UK Policy for many years. David L Preece Blue-Owl. Blue Owl
  • Score: -10

7:39am Fri 21 Feb 14

Fozzy64 says...

The only thing we noticed was soot being dislodged in the chimney flue.
The only thing we noticed was soot being dislodged in the chimney flue. Fozzy64
  • Score: 3

8:06am Fri 21 Feb 14

QuillPen says...

Nuclear power might solve some problems now, but the waste is a terrible legacy to leave to our descendants. People in the past have left dangerous industrial waste because they knew no better. We do. We have a duty of responsibility.

We have sun, wind and water. Nature provides us with what we need. It's up to us to use it and not contaminate the world or there will be no generations in the future.
Nuclear power might solve some problems now, but the waste is a terrible legacy to leave to our descendants. People in the past have left dangerous industrial waste because they knew no better. We do. We have a duty of responsibility. We have sun, wind and water. Nature provides us with what we need. It's up to us to use it and not contaminate the world or there will be no generations in the future. QuillPen
  • Score: 1

3:52pm Fri 21 Feb 14

freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter says...

Blue Owl: seismologist, mortgage expert, meteorologist, flooding consultant, nuclear physicist, chef, politician, war historian, town planner, sommelier, raconteur, comedian............


that's some achievement!
Blue Owl: seismologist, mortgage expert, meteorologist, flooding consultant, nuclear physicist, chef, politician, war historian, town planner, sommelier, raconteur, comedian............ that's some achievement! freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter
  • Score: 5

7:59pm Fri 21 Feb 14

GoingGreen says...

QuillPen wrote:
Nuclear power might solve some problems now, but the waste is a terrible legacy to leave to our descendants. People in the past have left dangerous industrial waste because they knew no better. We do. We have a duty of responsibility. We have sun, wind and water. Nature provides us with what we need. It's up to us to use it and not contaminate the world or there will be no generations in the future.
Here here!
[quote][p][bold]QuillPen[/bold] wrote: Nuclear power might solve some problems now, but the waste is a terrible legacy to leave to our descendants. People in the past have left dangerous industrial waste because they knew no better. We do. We have a duty of responsibility. We have sun, wind and water. Nature provides us with what we need. It's up to us to use it and not contaminate the world or there will be no generations in the future.[/p][/quote]Here here! GoingGreen
  • Score: 0

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