Friday, July 15, 2011

Earthquake in English Channel - Worthing, West Sussex, shaken and stirred

An earthquake hit the English Channel yesterday, according to the British Geological Survey.

The quake, at magnitude 3.9, was the largest such event to shake the area since a magnitude 4.5 in 1734. It was located about 53 miles (85km) south east of Portsmouth, Hampshire, at a depth of about 6 miles (10km).

Several people in Worthing, West Sussex, reported the quake, which lasted only a few seconds.

Historically, the UK gets an earthquake of this magnitude about once every two years. A 3.6-magnitude quake struck 9km (5.5 miles) north-west of Ripon, North Yorkshire, in January this year.



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