earth tremor shakes Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea area
small earth tremor briefly rattled the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
area in the early hours of Sunday morning (December 30th).
British Geological Survey, a group which monitors UK earthquakes,
confirmed that a tiny quake measuring 1.3 on the Richter Scale
took place at 2.52am.
occurred at a depth of 7km beneath the earth's surface and was
centred underneath Highbridge, just to the west of Alstone - as
shown on the map oin the right.
last earth tremor in our area was in December 2006 when a small
quake measuring 1.6 on the Richter scale occurred under the Bristol
Channel, as Burnham-On-Sea.com reported here.
that same year, in September 2006, a 1.9 tremor also shook the
area, as reported here.
tremors like these are not unusual in the UK. "There are
actually about 200 in this country every year. Most go completely
unnoticed by the public because they're so small," a British
Geological Survey spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
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