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An Earthquake, believed to be the largest on national record in 24 years, has been reported across England this morning.The tremor, conflictingly measured at approximately 5.1 on the Richter scale by the British Geological Survey, yet claimed to be 4.7 by the USGS, was feltjust before 1:00am and lasted for approxmiately 10 seconds.The epicentre is reported to have been Market Rasen , near Lincoln, and spread as far as London, Manchester, and even right here in Birmingham.

Earthquake Viewers

LEFT: Two housemates watch the news of the Earthquake unfold. Credit: carowallis1

Members of the public from around the country have been discussing the effects of the tremor online. For many, this was the first Earthquake that they have felt since earthquakes are a rarity in the country. One blogger commented: “The room really started to shake and I realized this must be an earthquake. I looked out my window and saw other students looking out their windows.”

Although rare, it’s not the first time that England has faced an Earthquake. In 2002, a quake stemming from Dudley reached 5.0 on the richter, whilst last year saw a tremor in Folkstone with a magnitude of 4.3. Todays quake, however, is said to have been the biggest since 1984.

On another blog, one commenter added: “I’m in the centre of Birmingham, near Aston University Campus. The whole of our student accommodation shook, and we could hear the wall cracking. We were just watching a film and the sofas shook for about 6-8 seconds. We were left speechless.”

I hope to have more insight from key environmental professionals as the day continues. Keep your eyes peeled for more information as I get it, here on LEG.

I’m also interested in your thoughts and comments. Did you experience the tremor? Where were you at the time? Have your say by using the comments section below this story.


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