Earthquake was biggest for 57 years
SATURDAY’S earthquake was the biggest in the region for 57 years.
According to the British Geological Survey, its epicentre was 14km south of Dover, in the Dover Straits, at a depth of 5km.
The last one in the region was measured at 4.4 on the Richter scale in 1950.
Previous quakes were recorded in the Dover Straits in 1776 and before that in 1580.
Only last week, a very small quake was detected in the Irish Sea – 1.5 on the scale – and an equally small one was recorded in Maltby, South Yorkshire earlier in the month.
In 2002, a 4.7 earthquake was detected in Dudley in the West Midlands and felt widely across Wales.