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Houses shook across much of Britain as the country experienced its biggest earthquake for thirty years early this morning. Impressively, within ten minutes of the tremors, CSEM (EMSC), the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, revealed the cause: a 5.4 magnitude quake with an epicentre 10 miles north east of Lincoln, in …

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  1. Neil McAliece

    Stupid Earthquake

    I felt it in Coventry and it only lasted a few seconds, like someone was shaking my chair which would be hard as I was alone and it's a big heavy chair.

    I wonder if this is just a tremor before the main one in a couple of days

  2. Tim Brown

    Awwwww

    Did da Bwitish gets a little shaky quakey? 4.9 is nothing. Try 6.5: http://www.stuff.co.nz/4411670a6479.html.

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  4. Scott

    I thought I did put in a title

    try living in NZ - 4.9 wouldn't've even been noticed ;)

  5. Jeremy
    Coat

    The earth moved for me...

    (Sorry)

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    only 4.9?

    this makes news?

    pansies.

    How could atmospheric warming cause or even contribute to an earthquake?

  7. Steve Evans
    Paris Hilton

    Eh? What? When?

    Well I've been up working all night, and here in Essex I haven't even suspected a HGV of doing some rather late deliveries, let alone been shaken from my bed or watched tins of beans making a bid for freedom!

    How anyone in London can claim to have felt it with the night buses running I will never know!

    Paris, well she might have made the earth move for someone.

  8. hannibal

    less accurate?

    To be fair, the USGS was more accurate with the initial mag estimate (4.7 as opposed to 5.4). I've now bookmarked the EMSC site - good use of Google Maps!

    I sent BBC London Radio a text with a summary of the USGS report 15 mins after the event. I too found it rather frustrating they were turning to callers for info as opposed to being a bit more resourceful themselves.

    Then again, I suppose it's understandable not everyone's aware of sites monitoring seismic events in the UK.

  9. Brett Weaver
    Happy

    4.9 Thats not an earthquake...

    4.9? Thats not an earthquake... Thats a truck going past...

    Now if you lived here in New Zealand..... :-)

  10. zonky
    Boffin

    www.geonet.org.nz

    has a real time shake-o-meter. But then i suppose we have more need for it.

  11. Stuart

    "Great Big Earthquake"

    There's a contradiction in your article. On the one hand, you say "a great big earthquake had happened, somewhere in Britain.", but otoh, you go on to say it was 4.9 (I've seen it listed as 4.7 through to 5.4).

    I hate to rain on your Pommy parade, but 4.9 is not "a great big earthquake". It's a moderate shake and might be mildly thrilling in the right circumstances, but "great big earthquake" just doesn't seem to fit with anything under 6.5

  12. Jesse McLaughlin
    Alien

    They're out to get me!

    I went home to Gisborne, New Zealand at the end of last year and was unlucky enough to get caught up in this: http://www.stuff.co.nz/4331457a6000.html . Having just returned to this fine country, I thought I'd be on safer ground. Apparently not. There must be other's in this boat. They're out to get us!

  13. Dean Burrows
    Thumb Up

    I will just sit back and wait...

    It is inevitable really...

    "Global warming to blame?"

    Of course it is... I give it till midday today before the Beeb trots out a line of 'experts' who say this is all our fault and We should stop driving our cars...

    Unless of course, Sky News beats them to it... and gets an 'expert' to phone in and tell us how he was asleep in bed dreaming of a green earth and it woke him up with the idea of a new carbon footprint scheme...

    All regrets though, the Ministry for Making Our Lives a Living Hell (or HMRC, DVLA... take your pick) didnt collapse or fall in and destroy the nanny state...

    Sympathies to the old gent in Yorkshire...

    "A man from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, was taken to hospital after a chimney collapsed and fell through his bedroom roof. A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Ambulance Service said the man suffered injuries to his pelvis and was taken to Barnsley District Hospital."

    I dont know if he is gonna be angry that his house lost its chimney or that he will still be in the waiting lines this time next week when happily he can escape and read it all first hand on Google news...

  14. Patrick
    Stop

    7.3 for me

    7.3 is the highest I experienced, Landers California.. Not pretty 4.9 wouldn't have woken me from my sleep. California teaches you a lot about earthquakes and how to go back to sleep while its still shaking if you are woken up =)

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    Earthquake? I thought it was the wife again...

    A 4.9 quake is not a newsworthy temblor. One gets more motion out of a mediocre rogering.

  16. Ian

    stupid people

    I dont know what's worse... The English reporting on an English story ... or all you yanks and Aussies going on about how 'that's nothing' etc...

    Who cares either way?

    Now terrorism on the other hand... An American just needs to fart and its reported in the news as terrorism..

    so STFU about your pansy comments and just keep in mind this is/was a British site

  17. Danny Traynor

    Noisy bloody animal

    My wife and I were woken up at around one. Can't say I expected it to be an earthquake :)

    I thought the cat was under the bed!

  18. Ros

    We're not used to this in Blighty

    I live in Lincolnshire, and this one woke me up. I'm not all that far from the epicentre.

    Some people might have lost loose roof tiles, or experienced carelessly placed items overbalancing. That's about the extent of the crisis.

  19. BoldMan
    Boffin

    Wow this is awesome!

    Posting comments to an Orlowski article!

    I was in bed and frankly I thought it was a bus going past, although it must have been a BIG bus or lorry. Either that or it was my upstairs neighbours having a good time in the bedroom! Bastards! (I'm in London by the way!)

  20. Daniel Bennett

    Thought I was Drunk!

    I felt like I was drunk lying in my bed.....

    Just at the same time things shaking a bit..

    I'm in Telford, West Mids - scared the absolute crap outta me!!!

  21. Mat
    Coat

    @ All the Kiwi's...

    .......... Yeah... But you shag sheep!!!!! lol!!!!11!!eleventyone!!11!

  22. Dave
    Alien

    'big men'

    would all you kiwi gits kindly stfu? It makes the news because its UNUSUAL... So would you kindly stop making out that you are big brave men by posting "only 4.9!!" You are not manly for feeling things shake.

    See, after a few pints you go to bed at 1.. then the building shakes..

    and it's like eh... wha? I was confused.. went back to bed.

    Although, being a non-retard I was quite capable of distinguishing this from a truck as it didn't do the engine noise thing.. like a truck does.. you know.

    So as this is the biggest in 30 years, or 25 according to beeb, why does beeb list this.. "September 2002 - Dudley, West Midlands (5.0)" I'm no earthquakeologist but.. 5 is bigger than 4.9 right?

  23. Anigel
    Flame

    Prevention

    Of course ID cards, a DNA database containing every single person in the country and 10 CCTV cameras per mile would have prevented this.

  24. John Campbell
    Unhappy

    Shaken but not stirred

    I've never experienced an earthquake. And then this one comes along and I sleep through the damn thing. I want another, bigger earthquake - preferably while I'm awake.

  25. Anonymous Coward
    Stop

    Global warming? Rubbish!

    It's Gordon McBroon.

    Or 'Europe'.

    And immigrants.

    McBroon, 'Europe', and the immigrants!

    </daily mail mode>

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  27. John Parker
    Coat

    I bought several coats this evening, butler...

    I was so scared last night when it happened, I was literally quaking in my boots. I couldn't get back to sleep so I player a few games of Quake III. Insomnia prevailed, so I had a warm bowl of Quakers Oats cereal. Even so, I was still wide awake, and felt a religious realisation - starting today, I would become a Quaker!

    Mine's the one under the falling rubble...

  28. Steven Butler
    Paris Hilton

    Brits get an Earthquake...

    ...Or just a mild shake.

    I slept thru it, but I'm blaming that on living in California for a while (you get used to these things eventually), but since the UK doesnt have a active fault line it's quite an event over here and will probablybe on the news for weeks to come until Jordon or Paris do something stupid again.

  29. John Parker
    Happy

    Lol - BBC News guy

    OMG just watched the BBC News segment on it here:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/nol/newsid_7260000/newsid_7266200/7266244.stm?bw=bb&mp=wm&asb=1&news=1&bbcws=1

    The first 'man on the street' who was at the epicentre is hilarious. He says something along the lines of: "We felt the earthquake the floor was shaking... first thing we though was that it may have been terrorists".

    Ha!

  30. Matthew
    Alert

    pffft :)

    thats nothing in New Zealand

  31. Steve-SCB
    Black Helicopters

    The earth shook ...

    I thought it was a chinook

    Comments on an Andrew Orlowski article, that's about as rare as earthquakes in the UK

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  33. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    @ danny traynor

    my girlfriend woke up, looked round the room in panic and said 'what was that? was it the cat?'

    'cats', 'earthquakes' - so easy to confuse the two!

  34. Simon Ward
    Paris Hilton

    Al-Qaeda did it!

    I'm waiting for the inevitable announcement from the gummint - not sure whether they'll say al-Qaeda or global warming are responsible, but expect appropriate knee-jerk legislation to protect us from shaky ground and the terrorists which will invariably emerge from the cracks.

    I don't see the big deal myself - Britain experiences quakes of around magnitude 4-5 every 10 or 20 years. As for me, I heard a fairly loud bang at around 1am, thought it was a couple of books falling off a shelf in the next room (never underestimate the noise a copy of the Camel book can make when dropped from 7ft or so), paid it no mind and went back to sleep.

    My ex-girlfriend often said I could sleep through an earthquake, but I proved her wrong. Ha!

    Also nice to see that Mr.Orlowski has the cojones to allow commenting on his articles.

    Paris - 'cos the earth moves for her quite a lot. Apparently.

  35. Anonymous Coward
    Happy

    @Neil

    Did, the quake in Coventry cause much damage to the city centre?

    If so how much of an improvement has it made?

  36. Mark W

    Strange location for an earthquake

    [geoscientist hat]

    Seeing as Britain is smack bang in the middle of a plate, nowhere near any current volcanic activity, and checking the geological map of the british isles, the location of this earthquake isn't near any existing faulting, then it's strange. Although the two big quakes in the UK have happened pretty close to each other in relative terms (Dogger bank is almost a 100km straight line east of the current quake's epicenter).

    North Wales I would expect quakes cos of the massive amount of faulting there, but with the enormous sedimentary plateau's here, it's a bit more strange.

    However, who knows what's actually under all that Kimmeridge clay?

    [/geoscientist hat]

    However, it was bloody scary when you live not far from it. It did fair shake the house!

    I'll get me coat...

  37. Morten Ranulf Clausen
    Coat

    Sure it is!

    "How could atmospheric warming cause or even contribute to an earthquake?"

    Well, things expand when they get hot and so must the Earth that's basic science right GET IT - SCIENCE and so of course it's our fault and of course we should stop doing bad things RIGHT NOW and and and save the whales and the baby seals oh that was last year anyhoo...

    *cough* </sarcasm>

    I'm going, I'm going, no worries mates...

  38. Robert Harrison
    Alert

    Cor

    Yep the earth moved for me, phwoaargh. But anyway, good comment Andrew.

    Watching the news this morning they were saying along the lines of "Anyone with a story to tell or who captured images on their phone send them in to us". WTF? Why don't the lazy journo bastards go outside and actually do their jobs. I'm bored of the news becoming a flaky collection of badly taken video clips from someones mobe*.

    I'm also amazed by the amount of sound bites of people saying how terrified they were and that the sky was falling etc etc. I'm surprised that these people aren't running around on the streets like headless chickens rioting and looting. Surely most Brits in the affected areas were barely able to resume consciousness to notice, given that most of the poor buggers had to get up early for work this morning.

    * ALERT ALERT ILLEGAL WORD DETECTED SEND IN THE BLACK HELICOPTERS

  39. David Neil
    Dead Vulture

    The sheeple have spoken

    Some random in his pyjamas on the BBC just said he woke up and thought it was terrorism....

    In about 9 months we have gone from crashing a car to shaking the very earth, thank god the paddies never worked out how to build an earthquake machine.

    <--- He fell off his chimney

  40. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Quake...

    ...has been rocking Britain since '96.

  41. Andy

    Bomb Iraq!

    If ever there was a good reason to bomb Iraq this is it!

  42. /\/\j17

    BBC Breakfast (paraphrased) QOTW

    "If you have any pictures or video of the quake, send them in".

    WTF? How exactly does one photograph or video of a seismic event - or possibly more correctly what's the difference between a photo of a quake and one taken by someone with a bad case of the shakes?

  43. Chris Williams
    Flame

    @Kiwis

    Thank you for putting us straight on this, but rest assured that most Brits (even otherwise geographically ignorant sofa-bound chavs) are aware that on the other side of the world lies the most beautiful place in the universe, where mud bubbles from the heat of molten lava only inches from the surface, and that cities* are built on the rim of the continent's most active volcanoes just to show the rest of the world how it should be done.

    However, this is news for the UK as we rarely experience earthquakes that are noticed by anybody other than trained observers with equipment calibrated to within a nanometre of its life, and it did result in some** structural damage.

    This kind of "let's tell the British how stupid they are and how everything in the Antipodes is a billion times better" take on life I'd expect from an Australian, but I'd really expect more from natives*** of New Zealand.

    One of you would have been enough; the others could have read previous replies and thought "hmmm, somebody's already represented my views, perhaps I'll just read on", instead of making a post equivalent to "yeah... like what he said...".

    Personally, I think this is interesting, and it would have been derelict of news agencies not to have mentioned it -- to UK residents (I'm not saying give it top billing on CNN Worldwide).

    *cities: what you call a city, we call a village

    **structural damage: granted, the towns in question are largely still standing

    ***natives: well, you know what I mean

  44. Andy Worth

    Slept through it.....

    Well....mortar wasn't falling onto me, so it was never going to wake me up. Seriously, it was like most things in this country - just like we expect great things from our sports teams and then they turn out not to be as strong as we thought. This was exactly the same, we have an earthquake and everyone gets all excited but it turns out to be the equivalent of a fart to other countries hurricanes.

    *rolls over and goes back to sleep*

  45. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Not Fair

    Yes, I agree with all the other people saying this is news in the UK because we don't get earthquakes, from what I remember from GCSE geography (not a lot) but the region of the planet we're on is one of the geologically most stable on the planet, if I could remember what the region is called it would help, but someone far cleverer will know and probably post it, or a google will reveal it.

    Anyway, the reaction I have got from most people when the subject is broached is "no fair, I didn't feel it"

    I don't mind not having felt it because it means I'm most likely to stay alive by avoiding such things. To anyone who thinks that these things are great, go live by a volcano, have fun, I hope the pyroclastic flow doesn't get you, and to all saying "that's nothing" you're wrong, it's something.

  46. Richard Scratcher
    Alert

    Waking up amid the carnage and devastation

    To all those antipodeans suggesting that Britain is overreacting to this earthquake. May I remind you that several chimney pots came down (when are these architects and builders ever going to learn?) and one man was injured (though that toll might yet rise).

  47. Alan
    Alien

    typical

    Back to work with a shrug after terrorist attacks, but a slight shake at 1am and it's all i hear about all morning...

  48. Richard

    @All the "That's hardly a quake" comments

    You might want to look at how close we are to a plate boundary. We're not insane enough to live anywhere near a current one. Most of the faults we get quakes on round here haven't been plate boundaries since The Cheviot was taller than Everest, if ever (Hint: it's now been weathered down to less than 1000m so it's been a while).

    As it is, I slept right through it. I suspect it'll have to get up towards 7 or 8 before I even notice - I've slept through several car crashes within about 10 feet of my non-double-glazed bedroom window.

  49. James
    Joke

    Must be Al Quaeda...

    ..obviously an attack like this must be terrorist in nature. Something that can have such a widespread effect and place people in a state of fear and alarm or, indeed, terror (=terrorist caused).

    When can we expect the government to announce a clampdown on all earthquakes, those conspiring to cause earthquakes (God? Can we expect Gods representatives to be arrested in a series of dawn raids on cathedrals, churches etc).

    Just what are the anti-terrorist squads doing to prevent further earthquakes? (which have much greater potential for damage and loss of life than so-called terrorist activities).

  50. Richie M

    2nd time

    Yep woke me up, in Stoke-on-Trent.

    2nd earthquake I've experienced, and this was a lot stronger than the last.

    According to reports only one person injured due to falling masonary though.

    To all the kiwi's and yanks, STFU, as a rule we don't have earthquakes so this IS a big deal to us!

  51. Andrew Orlowski (Written by Reg staff)

    Re: The earth shook ...

    "Comments on an Andrew Orlowski article, that's about as rare as earthquakes in the UK"

    You get aftershocks with earthquakes, too.

  52. Andrew Orlowski (Written by Reg staff)

    Re: Wow this is awesome!

    "I was in bed and frankly I thought it was a bus going past, although it must have been a BIG bus or lorry. "

    Thanks for sharing.

  53. KarlTh

    What was disappointing

    Is that the moment it's actually suddenly of immediate interest, you couldn't actually get onto the BGS earthquake site. But seeing as it's an .ac.uk domain, an doubtless therefore running on a 486SX server circa 1994 which they can't get the funding to replace, I'm not entirely surprised.

  54. James

    Just one Earthquake?

    Here we are in the UK all excited about this little quake (the Media are anyway). While looking at the EMSC website I noticed that Indonesia has had 10 earthquakes in just the last 48 hours of about the same magnitude or higher than the ONE we got this morning. That puts it all in perspective.

  55. Sam
    Coat

    The job's a good'un...

    That'll settle the seed potatoes in nicely.

    The agricultural wax cotton, thanks.

  56. Phill
    Happy

    I felt it

    I live in Lincoln and I woke up in the middle of the night confused like i was woken up by an external force rather than of my own brain. I looked at the alarm clock at it was 12:55am. I thought is that right? should be AM? I was 99% sure the clock was accurate and I hadn't even altered it recently but for some reason I was just unsure. I woke up later and looked at the clock and it was 1:10am. Now the am was against the one I was 100% sure it was okay. I went back to sleep.

    Then this morning I was watching BBC Breakfast and they said there was an earthquake at 1am and I was like "oh wow, that must have been the reason I was woke up last night". I wasn't concious or quick enough to actually feel tremors and I can't remember what was going through my head when I first woke up but I guess it must have been the earthquake.

  57. Anonymous Coward
    Pirate

    Can we tax people?

    Obviously its somebodies fault for not paying their dues, Darling / Brown is apparently already looking for a minority group he can blame and tax

    but what do people do in lincolnshire? apart from not walk up slopes

  58. Sam Therapy
    Alert

    Nothing?

    More than nothing for some poor bastard in Barnsley. His chimney stack fell in on him while he was asleep. Fortunately, it only broke his pelvis.

  59. alistair millington
    Boffin

    Endland gets tons every day

    I did geology at keele uni and they have (or had) a PC in the foyer of the earth sciences department that shows real time readings on the seismology detection systems.

    You could phone anyone of their students and ask them on the phone to read it out.

    We get forty quakes a day at times but they are all too small to feel.

    We are in the middle of a plate but the way earth quakes are genereated isn't just about being on the edge of a moving slab of rock, you can get them from faults which can be anything from the result of a coal mine collapse or cave in and natural formation 1000's of years ago. (wales is riddled with them, as is the pennines) If memory serves the midlands has a large one running through it.

    Or they can be waves passed through the earth from a quake somewhere else in the world that coelesce under us.

    There is a lot more to it but it is far too early to get really scientific.

  60. RichardB
    Boffin

    Nukes...

    http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2008/02/392395.html

    Mines the leadlined coat and tin hat...

  61. David Adams
    Coat

    Carnage and devastation

    Been a bloke on Radio Sheffield this morning describing the awful scene he found on his patio this morning.....

    "The Peg box has fallen over and the pegs are all over the floor. The Plastic ones are mixed up with the wooden ones, it's all just terrible!"

    Must admit it scared the crap out of me, thought the boiler had blown up again!!

  62. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Earthquakes in East Acton!

    So it has *finally* happened. We have had an earthquake in East Acton. The Goons have once again been vindicated.

    It was in "The Greenslade Story".

  63. Dave
    Paris Hilton

    But, But, we DO get earthquakes...

    I thought it was the cats fighting on the landing. Realised that I'd woken the little bugg^H^H^H^H darlings up, so went back to sleep, quite chuffed with myself that I'd actually noticed this one, since I'd slept through the Birmingham and Manchester ones.

    To echo the sentiments above: Yeah, it's a big story - Another Earthquake, but THIS TIME we noticed it. But interviewing pissed up students, telling us that the planet was being ripped apart, because the UK never ever ever ever never gets hit by earthquakes is just....wrong. Doesn't anyone on breakfast telly (I think it was the BBC - I was channel surfing just to find out how big it was) have any memories of the last few quakes?

    Does anyone know how many earthquakes we get per year here in dear old Blighty? I'd heard it was 5 or 6, but nobody even notices them. (Was that a truck? - Nah, it was all the Kiwi's yawning simultaneously.)

    Can we have Andrew Orlowski and Lewis Page "Fan" icons please? I'm unable to justify the use of la femme Hilton in this case.

  64. Tom

    Shocking News Reporting Indeed

    The problem is, the only people that would call up news stations are idiots, idiots with an idiotic opinion. Then when they get asked for a quote they hype it up. Next time im going to call up twice:

    1: "I felt like the world was being destroyed, I was sure the sun had just exploded and we was all about to die"

    2: "Im from the British Geologist Survey, just thought I would let you know the earth quake was an 8.7, the epicentre being near Bell End in Northamptonshire"

    Purely to see which one they publish, and to get Bell End mentioned on the news with a crazy incorrect fact would prove how dumb the media really are.

  65. Ash
    Boffin

    @AC (GCSE comment)

    As is typical of the current education system, you have been (partially) lied to. Faults do not just occur at tectonic plate boundaries; there is one running close to / through Dudley which is most likely a good candidate for where the shift occured to cause the 'quake.

    This is not the most interesting piece of geological info about England, though. Cornwall is built on the site of a previously active volcano, which left behind its magma chamber (when cooled and solidified, called a Boss). This giant lump of granite is releasing radioactive Argon gas in sufficient quantities for living there to be equal to living on a nuclear submarine.

  66. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Down

    @Mark Otway

    "the UK (which has almost zero quakes annually)"

    *England* has an average of ~0 earthquakes annually. *The UK* has an average of ~1 earthquake annually. Most are in Scotland, particularly along the Great Glen fault.

    UK != England

  67. Anonymous Coward
    Flame

    The Earth moved for me!!1111

    I swear if I hear that comment once more, I may go postal. People seem obsessed with spouting the same unfunny catch phrases over and over when things like this happen. That or we get a dick waving contest where other countries boast that they have bigger penises and earthquakes.

    I live in Nottingham. I slept through it. Doesn't sound like I missed much anyway.

  68. Tom Adair
    Boffin

    Didn't feel it here...

    Though I am almost in the opposite end of the country, living in Devon.

    I see that the BBC are misreporting the Dudley earthquake as a 5.0, when it was a 4.7, which is causing some of the confusion over whether last nights quake was bigger. They are also reporting this quake now as a 5.3, this is probably due to a confusion over the different magnitude scales, the BGS press release mentioning the earthquake was 5.2 (ml, or Richter scale), while the USGS and EMSC are giving the 4.7 and 4.9 values in the Moment Magnitude scale (mb). The Moment Magnitude scale is adjusted to approximately give similar values to the older Richter scale, and is more widely used by seismologists. The Richter scale doesn't give as good a spread in values on earthquakes above 6.8 in magnitude, so it is harder to differentiate between the severity of large earthquakes.

    How much the earthquake is felt on the surface is basically a factor of depth, you can have a 8.0 earthquake at 600km and not feel it, or a 4.0 at 6km and feel it. The New Zealand posters are living over a subduction zone on the east coast, so the earthquakes there can be 100km or greater below the surface at times (the 6.8 mentioned was 40km deep, and offshore). The EMSC have evaluated this earthquake to a mere 2km depth. Another scale is used to measure the intensity of an earthquake, i.e. how much of an impact it had on humans and structures, the Modified Mercalli Scale (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercalli_intensity_scale). Judging by the reports in the linked news article on stuff.co.nz, this earthquake was a V or VI in Gisbourne, and last nights earthquake would be rated as a V near the epicentre.

    Everywhere in the world gets minor earthquakes on a daily or hourly basis, these are usually smaller than magnitude 2.0, which can't be felt at all. The UK is no less geologically active than other supposedly stable regions in the middle of continental plates, as these plates are not solid single objects, but a collection of smaller bodies that have joined together in the past.

    One of these collisions was the Variscan orogeny (mountain building, though they've since been largely eroded - giving you the sedimentary beds mentioned by one poster). This was the most recent phase of the British Isles being formed, with a portion of Southern Ireland, South Wales, and all of South England being added. This join (not a narrow line, but a broad zone, as some beds have been pushed under others) runs approximately from Pembrokeshire, through Bristol, up to Leicester/Nottingham, then down to around London. As you can see, you don't have to go far from this to reach last nights earthquake.

    Safety goggles icon both as a warning to the unwary of the geological details in the post, and as I have my geologist hat on, having finished a degree in the subject last summer.

  69. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @smug "4.9? That's nothing!" types

    Being proud of living near a fault line reminds me of those people who boast about the length of their daily commute.

  70. James Haigh
    Black Helicopters

    @Mark Otway

    Research is the key to avoiding looking daft pal;

    To state [..snip]in the UK (which has almost zero quakes annually)[snip...] does make you look rather a buffoon:

    The two in Market Rasen were the 6th and 7th quakes in 2008 in the UK.

    Based on averages since 1979, we have roughly 170 earthquakes a year in the UK.

    That said - I agree with the Kiwi's in part - it has been sensationalised in the national media far too much.

    Yep it was unusual in its magnitude, but it wasn't a huge disaster and doesn't justify the coverage its had.

    Begs the question though - what will the Gov't try to sneak out today while nobody is looking?

  71. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    For those using this as an opportunity to take a shot at antipodeans..

    As an Australian living just over the river from the epicentre I'd just like to say woke up somewhat startled.

    After my excited thoughts of "maybe someone finally levelled the Kingstom Comms building!" subsided I went back to sleep only to be woken by a text message from (a brit of course) saying "did you feel the quake?".

    No I was in a f$%king hot air balloon at the time. Did I miss anything?

  72. William Bronze badge
    Happy

    RE: Pfft

    4.9 or 7.9, means nothing to me. Having spent some time on the Galilean Moons of Jupiter then you know what a REAL quake is. Put it this way, there are 9 richters per groonag plus one bushel. Back on IO you regularly get quakes around the 50 groonags, and if you pop over to Europa then your looking at a quake of at least 3 zamblasters. (18 groonags per zamblaster, plus two dogs legs).

    And that, dear Americans, Kiwis and Ozzies, trumps everything you have.

  73. Mark
    Gates Horns

    Disappointed..

    I was expecting to read about an new game from ID software being released in England....

  74. Alistair Wall

    Global Warming

    It was due to global warming - the north of Britain is still bouncing back after the weight of ice pushed it down in the last ice age.

  75. Mike Hillier

    Couldn't use BGS for confirmation

    One of the first pages I tried to get to when I suspected that it was an earthquake and not just another train going through Clapham Junction was the BGS, but sadly at 1.05am the site was down.

  76. Anonymous Coward
    Boffin

    Typical British understatement and reserve

    Sky last night was very funny. People calling in to report their experiences. "Room shaking". "Very frightening", etc. BBC website even funnier this morning. "I was terrified to be honest. The noise was really, really terrifying... it was so deep and rumbling.."

    This is going to be as funny as the time there was a very minor tornado in Birmingham. The news was full of "Tornado Alley" stories for days after.

    Keep a stiff upper!

    8-D

  77. Anonymous Coward
    Flame

    typical

    I love the fact that all the pompous people from America and NZ are all saying "zomg that was nothing! try 6.5!". Sure they may have had more powerful earth quakes because they live on fault lines.. but why the hell are they seemingly proud of it? It's like a big kid trying to make a little kid cry because the big kid has better Pokemon cards or something.

    In the UK, we rarely have earthquakes or tremors which are this strong and that is why there is a bit of fuss being made. Get over it and go back and enjoy your 6.5's.

  78. Jonathan Campbell
    Flame

    Wont somebody think of the children

    I live in lincoln and I thought my neighbour who drinks quite heavily at times had fallen down the stairs, so I went back to sleep.

    It was either that or climate change..

  79. Forget It
    Happy

    plus Earthquake in Wales - none dead!

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/7266261.stm

  80. Tom
    Pirate

    Sheffield

    I live on a hill side in sheffield, and the bang woke both me and the missis up, bolt upright in our bed, the cat was shitting itself and dissapered for the rest of the night, all the birds outside started twittering and screeching and when the quake hit, the was a tremendous rattle, we were physically moved in our beds, the light fitting was rattling and you could hear the pots in the cupboards downstairs hitting off each other!

    That scared the pants off me, i've been in bigger earthquakes, quite a big one on LA some years back, but this one was so out of character for the uk.

    @ the Kiwis, so the island you live on is notoriously unstable, and you're bragging about it...

  81. David Barham
    Coat

    Expecting an article in the Daily Mail

    This has got to have been caused by the number of migrant works and illegals working in Lincolnshire.

  82. Anonymous Coward
    Flame

    @BBC news guy

    "...first thing we thought was that it may have been terrorists."

    Honestly, what an utter moron. How is it that this sort of hard-of-thinking imbecile is reporting "news" to the rest of us? If you do occasionally suffer from such idiotic thoughts, please engage the filter that keeps them from leaking out of your mouth.

    Yeah, the one with the clue-by-four in the pocket... no thanks, probably best if I walk, it'll help me calm down.

  83. Rich Bee

    Coventry damage @Stu.

    Stu, just to keep you informed. There was no damage to the city centre, it still looked bloody awful when I cycled through it this morning ;)

    Didn't really notice it myself. Probably kicked the dog and blamed him for farting and then dropped straight back off.

    Although I did heat that a house partially fell down in Shakespeare street on GMTV this morning.

  84. Paul Jacques
    Black Helicopters

    the real cause of the quake..

    ..is all those Japanese Sumo Wrestlers jumping up and down. Woke me up with their quake generating bouncing. How they managed to project the vibrations to Market Rasen is top secret, hence the Black Helicopters icon.

  85. Anonymous Coward
    Flame

    Quaking in my boots..

    Considering there are about 2,000 earth tremors per year on average in the UK, where's the news?

    I lived very close (around three miles) to the epicentre of the Warwick quake in 2000. Stuff on the shelves rattled a little but that was about it. The thing that really surprises me about the coverage is that something that occurs 200 mile away from the capital and it actually gets reported by the BBC.

    Had we had a tremor of 1.1 on the richter scale in central London we would be hearing about it until hell freezes over. In general terms, London is the UK as far as national news is concerned.

    For my own money, I wish we had a quake of magnitude 9 in the South East, devastating London and if I was really lucky, a huge fissure would open up and swallow the South East whole.

    Unlike the Titanic (and London hopefully), I'll go down in flames!!

  86. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Who you gonna call?

    I love the people who call the police when there's an earthquake; obviously earthquakes are probably against the law and these people who call the fuzz clearly care more than the rest of us who cynically believe that there's probably not much the police (or the fire brigade or even the army) can do to stop it.

    But all hail the news for telling us we're Ok!

  87. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The Government did it.

    It's all part of a plot to move us nearer to the USA so the UK really can become the 51st state, then the PM won't have so far to travel to get his nose up GBs butt.

  88. Adam Cherrett
    Boffin

    A seismologist writes..

    I hope this finally means that BBC hacks and new labour press officers will look up what the word 'seismic' means, and stop using it as a synonym for 'big'. Here are some news.bbc.co.uk headlines from over the last few years:

    Liverpool toasts 'seismic' victory (Jun 03)

    'Seismic shift' needed over abuse (Nov 05)

    Seismic change in the post (Aug 06)

    They're on shaky ground.

    (On second thoughts, perhaps I should have chosen the coat icon)

  89. Dan

    Missing something here...

    I feel the point you are missing isn't how strong it was but that earthquakes are just freaky when you are in them. Sure if you live somewhere that gets them a lot you are gonna find em less freaky each time but we hardly get any like that. I was up, was a tad on the disconcerting side, but i didn't loose any sleep over it.

  90. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    RE: www.geonet.org.nz

    very disappointingly... I was hoping to see a pair of juggs with the current jiggle factor displayed in a visual way.

  91. Alex

    London!

    I felt a similar quake coming from or around Wales (if my memory serves me right) a couple of years ago. Didn't last long, I heard a crack sound in the ceiling, and it took me a few minutes to fathom what happened, and I concluded that this looks like a quake, I went straight to an internet chat room and asked if anybody had experienced the same thing, pretty much everybody was asking what happened. Woke up the next day, after hearing the news, and it seemed most people I knew slept through it.

    Last summer we had a typhoon nearby, I saw hail and a big gust of wind, followed by very clear weather, I saw no typhoon, but I guessed the conditions would be right... I mentioned it to somebody a few hours later and somebody said a whole road had been destroyed by a typhoon,a couple of miles away.

    This time around (last night) was in the same room, in my bed, around the same time as the last quake, the same crack sound above me, and the bed swayed from side to side for about 5 to 10 secs, really weird feeling. I didn't get out of bed this time, I knew I'd be waking up to the news headlines after last time.

    And yes. I'm in West London would you believe!

    Cheers

  92. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Terrorist Attack

    I do like the people who claim it's a terrorist attack. I mean seriously - what is there to bomb in Lincolnshire? Potatoes? Sausages?

  93. Mark

    @ Rich Bee

    As someone in Gainsborough, where Shakespeare Street is, I can confirm that's true, and the road it joins onto (one of the main roads out of town) was closed off this morning.

    Plus, I spotted 2 fire crews with blues going.

    And yes, it scared the crap out of me.

  94. Anonymous Cowherd

    My oath, how boring

    It rained lightly here this morning.

    Sounded like a very small truck a long, long distance away... I was so astonished.

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    I too enjoy the articles by Messrs Orlowski and Page. Much better than certain other articles that suffer from irreleVance.

    Since global warming is responsible for everything it is pretty obvious that it caused the quake too. There is doubtless already a graph somewhere, based on 14 different models built around two data points, that shows how breathing out increases the earthquake rate.

  95. Anonymous John

    Earthquake

    A major earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale hit in the early hours of Wednesday 27th February 2008.

    Epicentre: Market Rasen Lincolnshire. Victims were seen wandering around aimlessly

    muttering "fackin ell" and "whatta cant" The earthquake decimated the area causing approximately £30.00 worth of damage.

    Many locals were woken well before their Giro arrived. Local FM News reported that hundreds of residents were confused and bewildered still trying to come to terms with the fact that something interesting had happened in Market Rasen.

    One resident - Tracy Sharon Smith, a 15-year-old mother of 5 said "It was such a shock, my little Chardonnay Mercedes came running into my bedroom crying. My youngest two, Tyler-Morgan and Megan-Storm slept through it ll. I was still shaking when I was watching Kilroy the next morning."

    Apparently though, looting, muggings and car crime did carry on as normal.

  96. Steve
    Coat

    Poltergeist

    I was watching lost (ben had just took locke to see jacob) when the quake hit. I thought it was a poltergeist :)

  97. Russell Webb

    Vibrations

    I though the girlfriend was using new batteries

  98. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: Terrorist Attack

    I think you'll find there is a few airbases in Lincolnshire

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Royal_Air_Force_stations_in_Lincolnshire

  99. Richard Kay
    Black Helicopters

    Coventry Damage @ Rich Bee

    The gable wall that fell down in Shakespeare Street started cracking hours before the quake. Cracks appeared at 21.40 and the collapse occurred at 23:30 an hour and a half before the quake, so this incident seems unrelated to the quake.

    http://iccoventry.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0100localnews/tm_headline=people-evacuated-as-coventry-home-collapses&method=full&objectid=20530374&siteid=92746-name_page.html

  100. Matty

    Mine's bigger than yours..

    Oh for heaven's sake - come on children! Mine's bigger than yours? Sounds like the school playground! In the UK we get around 200 quakes annually. Most are so small they co un-noticed. We don't live on a volcano and don't have cities wiped out. Some countries do and thousands die or are made homeless. For the NZ/anti-NZ bunch above it's not a fun thing that happens on a big scale. We were woken up in Peterborough by the house shaking and a very loud rumbling and I thought initially one of the local RAF Harriers had perhaps crashed, but then thought it was probably and earthquake. Must admit, my immediate thought was, "Cool!" But I'd hate to be in the real deal where buildings fall down.

  101. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Quake

    That was a weird night, i'm living on the second floor of student flats in leicester and at about 1am stuff started falling off the shelves. At first I thought a gas main had exploded...

  102. Anonymous Coward
    Alert

    Shit scary

    Well I was watching shawn of the dead on telly at the time, it was the bit where the zombies storm the pub and all hell breaks loose and suddenly the bloody room started shaking.

    The wife and I thought that it was the best shit scary special effects of all time.

  103. Andrew
    Boffin

    web site was down

    The BGS web site was down within minutes - at 1am it was "taking too long to respond" so maybe that's why the BBC didn't consult them.

    In other words, you don't need a fancy-pants seismograph to find out when earthquakes occur - just set up an web page about earthquakes, and correlate to peaks in the traffic logs.

  104. Dave

    Felt like a five

    My wife, who spent ten years in San Francisco (including the 1989 quake) was awake and reckoned it felt like a 5.0. Not a bad estimate, given the subsequent numbers. Of course, I pretty much slept through it. I have vague recollection of wondering why there was a large truck outside at such a silly hour of the morning (they do go down our street but are supposed to keep movements within limited hours).

  105. Richie M
    Coat

    Blame.....

    "Mr Kipling has apologised for the UK earthquake earlier this morning.

    But he has always made exceedingly good quakes"

  106. BatCat
    Coat

    QUAKE CASUALTIES CONFIRMED!!!

    In rural Lincolnshire, part of a church tower was caused to collapse into the graveyard. Local police have recovered 30 bodies, but fear there may be dozens more...

  107. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    it was all over so quick

    Seriously, I've never experienced an earthquake until last night. Ok, so it was only enough to wake me up for 1 minute to check for burglars... but aren't most "first experiences" over quickly and ending in dissapointment?

    And what's with the boasting by other countries on how big their earthquakes are? I hope it never happens, but if one day you experience a massive earthquake which destroys half the country, I can see a load of Brits sitting in front of the TV with a cup of tea saying "yeah, they were right... our quake in '08 was a bit of a pansy... what time's Jeremy Kyle on?"

  108. Mark

    @ BatCat... "Rural Lincolnshire"

    As someone who lives in Lincs, you do realise that saying Rural Lincolnshire doesn't narrow it down much....?

    :OP

  109. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    @Anonymous John

    So the spoof earthquake appeal email gets trotted out again. I had the same with minor variations about quakes in Dudley, Wales and Manchester (that I can remember). Really didn't expect an El Reg reader to stoop to sending it though.

    Paris - she'd probably think it funny as well.

  110. Dick Emery

    I live on the south circular in London.

    I get that every few seconds. Nothing to see here move along.

  111. JMB

    BGS

    Not sure where you get the idea that "the BGS don't even bother to take their own measurements" and people don't bother to check the BGS website. I have always looked at their site after previous quakes.

    The BGS have a network around monitoring sites around the country. I would think the data from them is fed into a worldwide network and probably used by the USGS.

    "The BGS operates seismic instrumentation at over 140 sites in the UK. The majority of these sites is equipped with either vertical component or three component short period seismometers. To record large earthquakes on scale, accelerograph stations are installed at more than 25 sites. In addition, a number of broadband stations are installed, providing data over a wider frequency band."

    http://www.earthquakes.bgs.ac.uk/monitoring/bgs_stations_map.html

    http://www.earthquakes.bgs.ac.uk/monitoring/broadband_stationbook.html

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  113. Law
    Paris Hilton

    "...first thing we thought was that it may have been terrorists."

    lol - god bless our under-educated chavs.

    To all those quake veterans, you studs you, its been said before, but get over yourself - it's odd for us to have feel-able earthquakes, even though we get tiny ones all year round.

    The thing shocked me since it's the first earthquake I've felt, it was violent enough to make me fall off the sofa I was perched on the end of, and made my wife cry out for help cos her bed was shaking with nobody but her in it. The house made a god-awful noise, and it sounded like thunder outside.... my first though as it built up was "im not shaking my leg, and its not that windy outside", then the house moved.

    All of this was very very bizarre for us, I mean - my house never moves, it's built from bricks so why would it?! So forgive us for being shocked, I bet if the sun suddenly disappeared and it rained in darkness for 340 days of the year you guys would be screaming about the apocalypse - but that would just be the weather either side of our annual Summer weekend.

  114. Geoff Thompson

    Thank You

    Thank goodness for alistair millington, one of the few people who posted who has a clue what this was all about. The epicentre of the quake was close to a fault (limestone ridge) which runs from near Pickering in noth Yorkshire into the Cotswolds. It was loud and relatively violent at ground level because it occurred at a very shallow depth compared to most. I'm sorry to say I missed it even though I was only 9 miles from it. OH is right, I can sleep through an earthquake.

  115. A J Stiles

    Bit of a wibble, is all

    The floor shook for a few seconds ..... felt like 30, probably nearer 5, because I had no suitable timing reference. The power stayed on, there was no smoke, no flames, no secondary indications of anything like a vehicle impact with the house.

    Working on the principle of "once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains -- no matter how improbable -- must be the truth", I concluded it must have been an earthquake; and working on the principle of "if you can't correct it, don't try to detect it" went back to sleep.

  116. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Wibble Wobble

    It isn't the numbers thats news wotrthy, its the fact that its the biggest here in 25 years, should we hope that tomorrow you kiwis can tell us you've had the biggest in 25 years? I dont think you want that.

  117. Daniel B.

    Quake

    For a second there I thought this was talking about a rise on that 12 year old FPS. ;)

    Anyway, 4.9 is a minor shake, we had something about 5.6 or something recently (Mexico City) and we found out ... because the radio started talking about it about 5 minutes after. Then again, the epicenter wasn't that near anyway... people near the epicenter did feel the shake quite intense...

  118. Carl

    Messed with my head

    I'd fallen asleep on the sofa whilst watching Shawn of the Dead about 5 minutes before. So as well as being in that horrible just fallen asleep state, there were zombies involved as well - the results weren't pretty, let me tell you!

    If we were in NZ, we'd have immediately known that it was an earthquake and wouldn't have cared - if it turned out to be a bus or a lorry going past it would've been front page news...

    Obviously we have the opposite problem over here, where we immediately assume it's a big lorry, but it takes us ages for the penny to actually drop. However, at least our ladies have two legs and we can remove their clothing without having to use shears....

  119. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @Russell Webb

    "I though the girlfriend was using new batteries"

    That's funny - she told me she thought you were!

  120. Mat Diss
    Coat

    Relief fund

    What number do I dial to donate money to the Earthquake Disaster Fund so I can do my bit to help the poor people who have been caught up in this nightmare?

    Especially those who have lost chimneys.

  121. Paul
    Thumb Down

    Terrorists

    "...first thing we thought was that it may have been terrorists."

    So it's official then. The terrorists have, in fact, won.

    Because when we live in constant fear of what terrorists can do, and instantly assume that anything untoward that happens "may have been terrorists", they've achieved their aim (to, errr, terrorize people).

    Fuckin' stupid bastard sheep.

  122. Dave Bell

    In famous Lincolnshire

    I slept through it.

  123. Sceptical Bastard

    Laughter

    Thank you, people - the comments on this story brought tears to my eyes.

    I slept through it (UK, Midlands, 60 miles from the epicentre). I slept through the Dudley earthquake too. Mind you, I'd probably have slept through the blitz. However, my missus said the plates rattled in the kitchen and the cat took a funny turn (WTF she was doing downstairs at 1am remains a mystery).

    The real horror came later - all those inarticulate idiots spouting off about the terror of it all on local radio this morning interspersed by truly moronic commentary from the presenter. Name and shame - I mean YOU Liz Kershaw (halfwit sister of jailed presenter Andy Kershaw) on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire.

  124. DirkGently
    Flame

    RE: Messed with my head

    I'd literally come of playing Bioshock, so I thought a big-daddy had escaped from Rapture and was tromping around my house.

  125. Herby Silver badge

    *SIGH*

    Look, 5.0 or less is not much here in California (NZ be damned). Nothing to get up and tell anyone about.

    Once (in the 70's as I recall), I awoke to a shaker around 3am or so. My only reaction was to look at the clock so I could correlate with the news media. Not much else to do.

    Nothing to see here, please move along.

  126. Tim Brown

    @Chris Williams, etc

    "One of you would have been enough; the others could have read previous replies and thought "hmmm, somebody's already represented my views, perhaps I'll just read on", instead of making a post equivalent to "yeah... like what he said..."."

    Yeah, because El Reg displays the comments the moment they're posted...

    @Mat - at least our sheep are worth shagging.

    We tease the poms because New Zealanders are tough.

    Our biggest "town" is built on a volcano field.

    When a volcano erupts we run to get sausages - and BBQ them over the lava.

    Pyroclastic flow? Perfect for pressure-roasting a cow.

    Near a fault line? Near? Our entire country is directly ON TOP of a fault line.

    True story: I was on a bus and a pair of pommie tourists asked me what our tallest mountain was. I said Mount Cook. They asked me if it was possible to drive to the top of it. I said no, but you might be able to climb it if you're very good.

    News flash: If you can drive to the top, it's not a mountain.

    To reiterate what my fellow NZers have said: You poms are all a bunch of pansies.

  127. steven kraft Silver badge
    Go

    It wasn't a fault line

    It was the collective spinning in graves of Winston Churchill, Elizabeth I, Lord Nelson, Richard the Lionhearted, etc. et. al. over what New Labour has done to Britain.

    At least I didn't go with the cliched "the earth moved for me too" line...

  128. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Origins of Richter scale

    I enjoyed the quake even more than the last real flight simulator I was in. In fact, it even made me realise how Richter got his scale.

    1. Take 95% normal distribution of human male penis size measured in inches [the "male" bit IS significant, BTW].

    2. Remove the inches.

    3. Share it with the other geologists.

  129. Rob

    Old fashioned building materials rule!

    We felt it, woke up and went back to sleep.

    In the morning, I had a quick look around for any minor damage. The old (C19) bits of the house, made of bricks, lime mortar, lathe & plaster were fine. That's because the older construction materials are just that little bit flexible (which is why older houses get away with shallower foundations). OTOH, the new bits, like rigid stud walls grafted on to the old structure, had a few hairline cracks.

    In my nerdy way, I thought this was a little bit interesting.

    Oh, and would somebody please find that retarded cunt who was going on about terrorists and shove a very large cactus up his arse?

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  131. Martin Lyne
    IT Angle

    Having watched Jericho

    I thought "Nuke!".. But no, the missus is still on webcam and mobiles are working.. so meteorite or earthquake then?

    Cue some net searching (and finding no obviously placed links on the BGS website, mostly just refreshing BBC news to find out what it was in RIchters)

    Got me excited because of armageddenous possibilities, but.. yeah, wasn't that bad here in Cov.

  132. alphaxion

    and the ad gaffes appear

    already.. http://www.pissheadnerds.com/news.php?readmore=74

    The question is tho, was this banner placed into the ad system before or after the tremble in the shrub?

  133. Jón Frímann Jónsson
    Boffin

    About earthquake measurements

    I am interested in earthquakes and have been long for a long time and I also live in Iceland. So I pretend to know something about it. The earthquake on the mainland crust aren't common, specially this size. So when BGS says there is about one of ML5.3 (local scale) (EMSC uses mb4.9 scale, mb = body wave, http://www.seismo.ethz.ch/redpuma/magnitudes.html) earthquake every 10 years or so they really mean it. However, that is just given for one location. So other locations might be ready to crack some rock and make an earthquake.

    Regarding the last notice, it is almost correct. I say almost, because I know that it is better to have more sensors closer to the epicenter of the earthquake then a really far away from it. Reason for that is the magnitude of error (location, size, depth) increases when the distance increases between the station and the earthquake. So for BGS it would be better to have more sensors so they could properly locate an earthquake when it happens. This is also about tracking aftershocks, but most of them appear to have been really small, one news sad one ML1.8 around 04:00. But smaller earthquakes don't get reported to USGS or EMSC, for EMSC the minimal size is ML2.0, for USGS it appears to be around mag 4.5.

    BGS can report live size data on there web page, but I would think that the list of earthquake would be small or empty most of the time.

    The reason for earthquakes in the UK is the fact during the early (not sure exactly when) period in the earth history there where active faults and volcanoes what is now UK. From time to time the old faults get active and make one or two earthquake.

    The earthquake was detected by people interested in earthquakes in the UK and Netherlands. Also, according to a geologist that I spoke to with today at Icelandic Met Office about the earthquake in the UK it got record by them on few stations in east Iceland.

  134. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    At least

    several hundred Lincolnshire girls now know what an orgasm feels like.

    Paris obviously.

  135. Grant Alexander
    Alert

    Kiwi comments here

    Disclaimer: I am a Kiwi and live in Rotorua - volcanic and earthquake prone.

    I am utterly embarrassed by the inane comments of some of my fellow countrymen. But it keeps with the pattern. A few months back there was an earthquake felt in Auckland. The media went into hysteria over it just as it seems they have in the UK over this one. And then a few lunk heads from the provinces started getting stuck into the wimpy Aucklanders with comments similar to what have been recorded above.

    You Kiwis who have slung off at the Poms for being mildly agitated by an earthquake, it is better to keep your opinions to yourself.

  136. Patrick
    Alert

    @ Anonymous Coward regarding Origins of Richter scale

    So you trying to say the Yanks, NZ and Aussies have bigger packages than Brits??!

  137. Webster Phreaky
    Pirate

    Quake result of Apple Dumping the 1 Mil "missing" iPhones in Hole

    ... the 1 Million iPhones NOT sold this month in the EU, that is.

    Mystery Solved!

    (Phil Schilling call to Stevie Gods): "Boss?, Situation has been remedied.

    (Stevie Gods): "Right, what next?"

    (Phil Schilling): "We plant a story with all of our whore Hacks in the media that the 1 Million iPhones are "unlocked" and in China (where they are made)."

    (Stevie): "Great, those whores will spread anything we tell them too. Give em an extra $20 bucks in their next checks from PR".

    (Stevie): "Naw, just threaten them that we'll pull our ad money or they won't get to test the next piece of shit from China we put out."

    (Phil Schilling): "Right, Boss"

    (Stevie): "Have my valet bring around the Jobs 1 G5, I feel like flyin and dumping a few million grams of Carbon on those bastards from the Sierra Club." ... "Damn it's great being the King Bastard!

    (Phil Schilling): "Boss, you're a real Limousine Liberal!"

    (Stevie): "Yeah!"

    Ps. I guess The Register Boffins didn't bother reading all the SCIENTIFIC reports that this has been the COLDEST winter since the 50's, there is a documented COOLING TREND, ALL of the ice and snow is BACK TO NORMAL in the Arctic, Canada and Greenland! Get a clue, the Church of Global Warming was all bunk.

  138. Anonymous Coward
    Joke

    Sorry, it wasn't an earthquake at all

    It was Essential Tectonic Plate Maintenance. Didn't everyone get the letter from the Council?

  139. Richard

    @ Tim Brown

    You obivously haven't seen the episode of Top Gear where Jeremy Clarkson DRIVES to the top of a mountain in a 4X4.

    I love uninformed idiots who think they car clever slating someone when they dont have any real facts to hand

  140. Sceptical Bastard

    @ 'At least'

    Quopte: "several hundred Lincolnshire girls now know what an orgasm feels like"

    Then the earthquake succeeded where the family failed: their fathers and brothers have been trying to teach them that for years.

    A Lincolnshire virgin - any girl who can outrun her uncle.

  141. Geoff Thompson
    Alert

    Not so simple

    Met a friend who lives 10 miles from the epicentre, but who lived in NZ for 6 years. He says it is the worst quake he has ever experienced. He noticed many "worse" (as measured) quakes in NZ, but the UK quake was much more worrying. His wife was fairly relaxed about the quakes she experienced in NZ, but was scared whitless by this one. Depth matters people.

  142. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Seismological Pedantry

    Just to be really pedantic - it is correct that distant seismometers can be more accurate (as the waves go straight down and are not corrupted by local structure), but ones on the opposite side of the earth are not useful as the waves get refracted away from the denser material at the earths core. 30-90 degrees away is optimal.

    (ex-seismology-PhD, now software developer)

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