UK Earthquake near Eastbourne Sussex in the English Channel

Rarely does the UK or other European countries experience earthquakes. However this morning an earthquake occurred in the English Channel just off the coast of Eastbourne in Sussex.

Measuring a 3.0 on the Richter magnitude scale and was felt in Eastbourne, Camber Sands and Lewes which is 72 Miles away from the epicentre.

London also measured the Earthquake at over 12o miles away. 3.0 is considered a minor earthquake on the Richter scale.

The majority of Europe is well away from any major fault lines, so quakes are rare. In 1931, the largest measured earthquake in England was registered at Dogger Bank with a 6.1 on the Richter scale. It happened 60 miles offshore and caused only minor damage to structures on England’s East Coast.

The most damaging UK earthquake was in Colchester in 1884. Over 1000 buildings received minor structural damage.

According the British Geological Survey the maximum strength quake that the UK could experience is about 6.5. Approximately 2 minor quakes a year are detected in The UK with a strength of 5.0 approximately every 15-20 years.

The majority of quakes detected are on the Western mainland. Scotland, North Eastern England and Ireland almost never experience any tremors.


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