Earth­quake was big­gest for 57 years

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - WHY THE EARTH SHOOK -

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.

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