3.9 earthquake beneath the English Channel


14.07.11.Na south-west of England, the English Channel, an earthquake of magnitude 3.9 points — the most powerful in the 18th century, according to the British Geological Inspection (British Geological Survey).

The epicenter was located near the town of Portsmouth. West Sussex County residents reported that at about 8 am local time, some of the building started to vibrate. Fluctuations continued for several seconds.

Sussex Police did not receive any alarm calls.

David Kerridge, of the British Geological inspection said it was the largest earthquake in the area since 1734. "In 1734, an earthquake with magnitude of 4.5 points," — said Kerridge.

"In the UK, the earthquake of such strength occur about once every two years," — he said.

One of the recent 3.6-magnitude earthquake occurred in January of this year, in Yorkshire, nine kilometers from the city of Ripon.

Source: BBC Russian

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