Earthquake in UK:

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Earthquake of the 3.0-magnitude happened in Teesside, almost at 06:00 GMT on Thursday. The citizens of Teesside woke up very shockingly because the homes were shaking bitterly. But during the earthquake, no severe injuries or financial loss reported.


How many Earthquakes happened in UK in 2020?

Mostly, earthquakes not noticed by the residents of the UK. Each year only 20 to 30 earthquakes are notified by the people, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS). But hundreds of smaller earthquakes are being recorded by some sensitive instruments. The latest news says that in the last fifty days, 28 earthquakes recorded in the United Kingdom. And only three out of thirty-eight are felt by people. Most of them were underneath the English Channel and the Irish Sea. Since the new year, nine earthquakes recorded in the United Kingdom. Two earthquakes have happened in Astely in just a smaller period of forty minutes on December 23, and they were less than one-magnitude. The preceding biggest quake of 2020 occurred in Arnisdale in the Scottish Highlands on January 07.

How dangerous can UK earthquakes be?

Very occasionally, the United Kingdom’s earthquakes have caused severe damage.

  • One of the most massive earthquakes in recent years was in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, in 2008. This quake was of 5.2-magnitude.
  • One of the most destructive UK earthquakes that recorder by modern instruments happened in 1931, near Dogger Bank. Its magnitude was 6.1. It caused severe damage to 60 miles. 
  • One of the most destructive and dangerous earthquakes in the history of the UK occurred in 1884. Almost twelve thousand buildings were damaged badly, and their walls cracked, chimneys collapsed.
  • In South Wales, the last most dangerous earthquake was a 4.6-magnitude reached about 4.7 miles (7.5 kilometers). 

Mostly, earthquakes occur in the West of Scotland and Wales. Seismologists do not its exact reason, but they say that this is due to some location blunders of Earth’s crust. 

Why are UK Earthquakes less dangerous than other countries?

Usually, earthquakes occur when the ground dominated with too much force; it breaks and ruptures — earthquakes caused by heavy stress during the gradual shifting of the tectonic plates. Tectonic plates are the rigid structures on the exterior layer of the Earth. The United Kingdom is settled on the mid of the Eurasian tectonic plate and is not close enough to the pressure points; that’s why earthquakes in the UK are less potent than that of earthquakes happen in other countries. 

The OGA said, “It is not practicable to predict the size or possibility of quakes caused by the practice.” We don’ have any proper evidence to say that quakes are occurring more often.  


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