Earthquake in England

Could it happen here?


Here is a letter the Saugeen Times inveterate Weatherman Brian Cole received from England about the  recent earthquake.  The Saugeen area is not immune to small earthquakes.  The mid-continent does not receive the attention of the west coast and the ring of fire, but in relatively recent times there have been gigantic earthquakes  

Summary of the 1811 Quake in the St. Louis Mo. Area.

On the basis of the large area of damage (600,000 square kilometers), the widespread area of perceptibility (5,000,000 square kilometers), and the complex physiographic changes that occurred, the Mississippi River valley earthquakes of 1811-1812 rank as some of the largest in the United States since its settlement by Europeans. The area of strong shaking associated with these shocks is two to three times larger than that of the 1964 Alaska earthquake and 10 times larger than that of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

Careful Work at the Bruce

Lots of geologic investigation is going on out at the Bruce in preparation for the deep repository for nuclear waste.  They are being careful to get all the data they can.  Very interesting science is being done by area residents, who are scientists.

Here is the letter from the UK to Brian Cole from Eileen Cole about the recent quake in the Lincolnshire area. Those of you who have been in a quake, will recall the feelings..

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I expect most of you in the UK will have experienced the earthquake at 12.55 this am.  Having said that Mandy slept through it but then, she had done a 12hr shift yesterday!  I had been listening to the radio so was still awake.

I have never experienced anything like it and I still can't believe the house was lifted up as if on the crest of a great wave as the quake rolled underneath.  The noise was like a great thunderclap, everything danced on my dressing-table, the doors banged, the bed moved from North to South and back again and I thought the roof was caving in.  Birds sang and dogs barked as lights went on in houses around.

I thought briefly about getting under the bed but realised that it was too low to the floor.  Radio 5 began to get phone calls and text messages so people from all parts of the country had experienced it.  I understand it was close to Wendy, she felt it but Julian slept through it.  Market Rasen is about 35 miles from us.  The magnitude was 5.2 and the epicentre Market Rasen.

We have a lovely English warm spring morning here at this moment and I canít believe everything is still in place!