Friday, January 6, 2017

Earthquake strikes off North Yorkshire coast

Magnitude 3.8 earthquake occurred at depth of 11 miles about 93 miles off the coast of Scarborough - but few people noticed
One of the largest earthquakes to hit Britain for almost a decade was felt off the coast of North Yorkshire on Tuesday night – but most residents appear not to have noticed.
The magnitude-3.8 tremor happened in the North Sea almost 100 miles east of Scarborough at 6.50pm, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said.
Bemused residents expressed surprise that there had been an earthquake

The North Sea tremor had a depth of 11 miles and struck 93 miles off the Scarborough coast – but appears not to have caused any damage to buildings on the mainland.
The news prompted residents and Twitter users to poke a little gentle fun at the Yorkshire seaside town, famed for its sandy beach, medieval castle and plethora of arcades.

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Other residents simply pointed out a possible logical reason why they did not feel the tremor: “I live 50 metres from the North Sea and didn’t feel the 3.9 Scarborough earthquake because it was 100 miles out to sea,” said one.
Another added: “In case you were wondering, we never felt the earthquake. Life is just boringly normal.”
At the most, residents reported hearing only a “funny noise” when the rare earthquake struck.
Experts at the BGS said earthquakes on the east coast of the UK were relatively rare, saying: “Earthquakes are almost completely absent from eastern Scotland and north-east England. Similarly, Ireland is almost completely free of earthquakes. The North Sea is more active than the mainland.”
The largest known British earthquake occurred near Dogger Bank in 1931, with a magnitude of 6.1. It was 60 miles offshore but was still powerful enough to cause minor damage to buildings on the east coast of England.
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