English Channel shaken by largest such quake in 300 years

July 14, 2011LONDON – Tea cups rattled at breakfast-time this morning as an earthquake struck the English Channel – and almost went unnoticed. Some witnesses appeared to doubt whether the small tremor was anything more than a heavy lorry rumbling by on the south coast. Others based in Worthing, West Sussex, questioned whether the 4.3 (3.9) magnitude quake was simply a trick of their imagination. But according to the British Geological Survey (BGS), it is the biggest to strike a 16 mile region in 300 years.  People living in parts of West Sussex said buildings shook for a few seconds at around 8am. On Twitter, one social networker wrote: ‘I think there was just an earthquake in Worthing. I haven’t had any coffee yet, so it could just be my brain making things up (again)!’And another user of the micro-blogging site added: ‘shook my bed and rattled my cupboard doors! Others felt it, not (too) mad… ‘One worker said it felt like a ‘big lorry had gone by in a hurry.’ Brian Baker, data manager at the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, felt the earthquake in his office on the coast in Shoreham, near Brighton. He said: ‘The office wobbled slightly, the building shook, monitors on the table rattled and the roof creaked a bit. It lasted about two to three seconds. ‘It felt as if a big lorry had gone by in a hurry, except we don’t have lorries go through here.’ The quake’s epicenter was around 53 miles (85km) south-east of Portsmouth, Hampshire, at a depth of 10km,the BGS said. ‘This is the largest earthquake within 25 km (16 miles) since a magnitude 4.5 event in 1734,’ David Kerridge, from the BGS, added. Historically, there have been two other significant events nearby (30km to 40km distant) – a magnitude 5.0 earthquake in 1878 and a magnitude 4.3 earthquake in 1750. –Daily Mail
contribution by Jemma/Greeneyes/Laura
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9 Responses to English Channel shaken by largest such quake in 300 years

  1. pam says:

    Hmmm, 10km – that number keeps popping up over and over and over again. Raises my spidey sense.


  2. luisport says:

    Magnitude ML 2.6
    Date time 2011-07-14 13:30:47.0 UTC
    Location 50.02 N ; 0.52 W
    Depth 8 km
    Distances 74 km NW Le havre (pop 185,972 ; local time 15:30:47.9 2011-07-14)
    71 km NW Fécamp (pop 22,003 ; local time 15:30:47.9 2011-07-14)
    63 km NW Étretat (pop 1,658 ; local time 15:30:47.9 2011-07-14)


  3. Jens Skapski says:

    Typical for Europe this year! It was only a question of time, when a quake in this region would happen! I think this was the 10th 4.0+ earthquake in Europe since 1 week! Where is the next? Italy is very active in the moment, Greece, Turkey, Azerbaidjan and Poland too!
    There were smaal quakes in the Strait of Gibraltar and nort of Sicilia, maybe a sign of a stronger quake!
    3 weeks ago there were some small quakes in English Channel!


  4. Luca says:

    Wow interesting. 300 years is a long time. Wasn’t there a small earthquake a few days ago in another part of England? Can’t remember but I never think of England and earthquakes.


  5. Tracey says:

    Gosh thats a bit close to home , I live south east coast of the UK…..never felt anything though !!


  6. skywalker says:

    i live in midlands , and didnt feel a thing 🙂
    but i have been checking this link every day
    and its been realy busy for weeks now all over the world , and today has been the most un-eventful day in weeks with only a few small tremmers in random strange locations


  7. Dan says:

    Any reports of damage in the Chunnel ?


  8. Ian says:

    The Chunnel is not near this location, so it is no surprise that no damage has been reported.



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