While many parts of the world live in justified fear of a devastating earthquake at any moment, the United Kingdom does not.
Residents of Japan, New Zealand and the Mediterranean have experienced deadly tremors on a fairly regular basis.
The majority of earthquakes in the UK are too small to be felt because the UK does not sit on the fault line between tectonic plates.
However, people in the UK feel between 20 and 30 earthquakes each year, according to UK Geological Survey data, with hundreds of smaller earthquakes recorded by sensitive devices.
The Richter Scale is the universally recognized numerical scale for measuring the oscillation of a seismograph, usually the measure of damaging earthquakes is higher than 5.5.
The British Geological Survey said: “A magnitude 4 earthquake occurs in Britain approximately every two years. We experience approximately 5 magnitude every 10-20 years.”
Research indicates that the UK’s largest potential earthquake is around 6.5 ”.
The scientists added, “The driving forces of earthquake activity in the United Kingdom are unclear. However, they include regional compression caused by the movement of the Earth’s tectonic plates, and the rise resulting from melting ice sheets that covered many parts of Britain thousands of years ago.”
The largest known British earthquake occurred near the Dogger Bank in 1931, with a magnitude of 6.1.
Fortunately, it was 60 miles offshore but was still strong enough to cause minor damage to buildings on the east coast of England.
A number of earthquakes have been centered in Cheshire – Here we take a look at some of the most recent local seismic activities.
February 15, 2021
Just six weeks ago, an earthquake was recorded near Winsham.
It struck after 6 am at a depth of 11.6 kilometers and was 0.7 on the Richter scale – very unlikely to be felt by anything other than sensitive seismic instruments.
January 20, 2021
Earlier this year, as Donald Trump was preparing to leave the White House, an earthquake struck near Knutsford.
The shaking occurred at 8.55 am at a depth of 15.1 kilometers and it was 1.9 on the Richter scale – this was too deep to be felt, but someone unperturbed by surrounding factors such as noise, wind and a shallow earthquake might feel a magnitude of 1.9. Engine vibrations.
July 24, 2020
Last summer, an earthquake struck near Winsford.
The earthquake was 7.7 kilometers deep and had a magnitude of 0.8, so it is unlikely to wake anyone from their sleep before dawn after it struck the area at 6.38 am.
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