UK's biggest tremor no great shakes on the Isle of Wight

By Richard Wright

Thursday, February 20, 2014


AN earthquake in the south west today (Thursday) — the biggest in the UK for six years, measuring 4.1 on the Richter Scale — registered only a small spike on the Isle of Wight.

A Carisbrooke Castle Museum spokesman confirmed the tremor in the Bristol Channel would have been felt on the Isle of Wight, but said seismographic equipment showed its local effect was "far less significant" than the Japanese earthquake, which led to the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.



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by Keven Ball

21st February 2014, at 12:46:18

That is a good one Carl :)

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by steve paul taylor

21st February 2014, at 10:12:33

MMM there was one in Almeria last week didn't effect me Yarmouth how strange

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by carl palmer

20th February 2014, at 20:34:25

i felt the earth move a few times with the wife....does that count?

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by carl palmer

20th February 2014, at 20:33:25

shame it didn’t cause a massive sink hole in the Solent and drain it dry.... make putting a bridge in much easier

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by Russell Palin

20th February 2014, at 18:53:46

The groundwater pressure works in ways we have forgotten it seems.
The news does not hint such, I am shocked.
The River Severn was at an epic level recently.....

I have been in a 5.4 June 84 40 miles from the epicenter.
In the current waterlogged state of parts of the UK damage would be a worry, "like sand on the beach' shake it and.....
Sinkholes, slips and quakes are quite normal after such events as Winter 2013/4. As they always have been.

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by Jacqueline Chambers

20th February 2014, at 18:19:05

Like it James!

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by Keven Ball

20th February 2014, at 17:41:35

I have experienced an earthquake that luckily was not too major. It is a funny feeling I agree.

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by James McAdder

20th February 2014, at 17:36:52

Been in a couple of earthquakes. Nothing major, 1990. Bishops castle UK mag 5.1 and 2012 California mag 6.3.

A most odd feeling.

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by Baz Taylor

20th February 2014, at 17:15:30

I like it James! LOL!

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by James McAdder

20th February 2014, at 17:09:24

Slow news day?

In other news:

Indonesian volcano doesn't affect the Isle of Wight.
Riots in Kiev don't affect the Isle of Wight.
Leak in Fukishima. Isle of Wight not in any danger.

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