Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Wednesday 27 February

Well, here we are, connection speed 100 kbps (normally 1200 kbps), but I am getting through. What a nuisance, indeed.

A relatively large earthquake, measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale, shook the town of Market Rasen in Lincolnshire, eastern England, at around 1 am. The quake was felt as far afield as Dumfriesshire in southwestern Scotland. Although I was awake at 1 am, I did not feel anything, but then Stornoway is nearly 600 miles from the epicentre. The only damage reported to date is a chimney, which crashed through a roof in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

The UK experiences 200 earthquakes a year, but only a handful will be felt by the general public. On average, a magnitude 5 quake will occur every 30 years.

In the very distant past, an earthquake in the Norwegian Sea unleashed a tsunami, which engulfed the Shetland Islands with 20 metres / 70 feet of water. This is thought to have happened 7,000 years ago.


  1. I knew your entry  would be interesting ,have you read my account ? Jan xx

  2. so glad the damage wasn't more severe after that earthquake


  3. Glad to hear there wasn't much damage with the quake.  

  4. Glad to hear there was not much damage, the media always makes is sound so much worse, you know.


  5. Bryan commented on it to me at breakfast this morning but he wasn't sure if he had dreamt it or not until a neighbour said turn on the tv and see the news. As I said before I told him to 'waken me up next time the earth moved for him' and not to keep the experience all to himself.   Lol!
    Apparently it shook him and the building.  That's the advantage of almost being deaf as a doorpost.
    I remember one having its epicentre at Ambleside when we were first married in the 1960's.  That made the loudest bang as though it were a thunderclap and then it shook.  We both sat up in bed together then.  
    Sorry you are having connection problems.  Frustrating ...isn't it?

  6. It woke me up, it shook the bed, i didn't know what it was untill the next morning.  
    Jenny <><

  7. I was just reading about this in Jan's journal and thought I'd hop on over hear to get your take on the quake.  I was wondering if you felt anything at all.  Thanks for the info.  I didn't realize that there was an epicentre there and that they had quakes that size.  Glad there wasn't a lot of damage.  Chris

  8. That chimney landed on a chap in bed and broke his pelvis, poor man.

  9. I had wondered if you felt the quake. You all are lucky you only get a big one every 30 years or so.