Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

North Devon earthquake ‘biggest’ in UK since 2008

PUBLISHED: 16:31 20 February 2014 | UPDATED: 16:31 20 February 2014

This map by the British Geological Survey shows the point of the earthquake.

This map by the British Geological Survey shows the point of the earthquake.

Archant

Seismologists discover new Bristol Channel fault in wake of tremor.

AN earthquake that struck 11 miles off the North Devon coast this afternoon (Thursday) was the biggest in the UK since 2008.

There have been widespread reports of buildings shaking in the wake of the 4.1 tremor, recorded in the Bristol Channel at 1.21pm.

The British Geological Survey confirmed that the quake struck 18km north of Ilfracombe and 30kn south-west of Swansea, at a depth of five kilometres.

Seismologist Richard Luckett told the Gazette: “It was pretty large for the UK; the phone here has been ringing off the hook since.

“It’s the biggest earthquake recorded in the UK since Market Rasen in Lincolnshire in 2008, which measured 5.2 on the Richter scale and was widely felt.

“Many people will also remember the earthquake at Folkstone in 2007 which measured 4.3.

“It’s quite unusual although we normally see earthquakes this size roughly every two-or-three years.”

Mr Luckett said the earthquake had revealed a new fault that seismologists had been previously unaware of.

He said: “There will be a fault there. We didn’t know about it before but we do now.”

“There is stress on the rock under the UK, and although very small compared to areas next to plate boundaries, every now and again the stress causes the rock to break which in turn causes an earthquake.”

Today’s earthquake appears to have been felt by much of the South West and Wales and many have taken to social media to report what they felt.

North Devon Gazette readers have reported feeling the tremors in Barnstaple, Ilfracombe, Combe Martin and South Molton, although as yet, there have been no reports of any damage to buildings.

Did you feel the earthquake? Email sarah.howells@archant.co.uk.

Related articles

Other News Stories

Communities in North Devon are rallying round today (Monday) to start the clean-up after being hit by flash flooding yesterday.

Read more
15:44

Channel 4 star hoping to save households hundreds of pounds at village hall event

Read more

Four hungry contestants took on the brand new ‘Macho Nacho’ eating challenge at the Custom House in Barnstaple - watch how the got on here.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:38

Combe Martin was among many places hit by flash flooding on Sunday morning – but villagers turned out in their droves to help

Read more
Yesterday, 13:38

A number of properties have been evacated near Barnstaple due to widespread flooding.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:39

A flood alert has been issued for North Devon due to heavy rainfall overnight.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:59

A road in Muddiford has flooded due to heavy rain overnight.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:30

Take a trip down memory lane and discover how Lundy Island has changed over the last century with our interactive photo slider.

Read more
Friday, January 19, 2018

An overturned trailer on the M5 which left three lanes closed has now been cleared.

Read more
Friday, January 19, 2018

Our Devon quiz is back for another round!

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications