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

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

0 comments

Other News Stories

There could be some big waves coming in overnight tonight (Sunday). Picture: Graham Hobbs

North Devon has suffered a beating this weekend with heavy rain causing flooding - and it’s set to be another unsettled night as Storm Imogen hits tonight (Sunday).

Read more

Devon County Council will be carrying out works in Barnstaple from Monday with temporary traffic lights in place.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:41
Residents have been clearing up flood debris and mud at Corner Lane in Combe Martin

Residents are busy with clean-up operations this afternoon (Saturday) following the earlier downpours.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:31
Pilton residents protesting against plans for yet more homes in the area. Picture: Sarah Howells

Residents have had enough as new proposals for 44 homes add to more than 600 new houses approved by North Devon Council for the area.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:19
The A39 near the Hoops Inn in Woolsery. Picture: Donna Paterson.

North Devon is currently under an amber weather warning as heavy rainfall lashes the region. Latest road, flooding and bus service disruptions here.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00
Sophie Welch has become an NCS Leader.

Sophie Welch, 17, chosen from thousands to become an NCS Leader

Read more
Yesterday, 07:59
Park School headteacher Gareth Roscoe

Gareth Roscoe reflects on his first 100 days in the job – and a few changes

Read more
Fri, 17:57
Don't miss the music, entertainment and antics of the LeperFest at Taddiport in Torrington on Saturday, February 1.

Don’t miss the big parade of lepers plus live music at taddiport this Saturday (February 6) from 8.30pm

Read more
Fri, 14:00
KT Tunstall will headline GoldCoast Oceanfest on Sunday, June 19

Big names announced for this year’s GoldCoast Oceanfest at Croyde from June 17-19.

Read more
Fri, 13:05
Memories of Barnstaple fair. Picture: Barnstaple Fair Heritage Society

Barnstaple Fair Heritage Society have received a welcome boost after receiving lottery funding for an exciting project.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 5°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

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
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications