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Earthquake London.

Discussion in 'Earth and Environmental Science' started by amusicsite, 17 Jul 2011.

  1. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

    According to the show I'm watching London has been hit with a big earthquake in the 1700's and 1500's...

    My dodgy maths says we are overdue for another!
  2. beanz

    beanz Staff Member Staff Member

    There was a lot in the news last September about the feeling that we are overdue a biggish quake of the 5.5 variety. I think there was a British Geological Society report around that time.

    It's rather like waiting for a bus. You know it's overdue, you know it's going to arrive sometime but there's no way of knowing just how overdue it will be and nothing you can do to affect its timetable.
  3. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

    Yes they were saying a 5+ hit was possible, considering we have had a few minor quakes in the last year it could mean the area is becoming more active.

    Not quite as bad as the central Germany trough to Holland region which is the most geological active regions or central France with their sleeping volcanos.

    I guess Europe will not take earthquakes seriously until there is a major quake and huge loss of life. Then the planning regulations will be changed. But in reality we should be now looking at all new building bring able to cope with at least a quake of a 5-6 level and seeing if we can retro fit any quake proofing to existing buildings. Though I can't see any of our beloved leaders giving this much though. Rather they are more likely to be praying that it doesn't happen on their watch.
  4. Shaun

    Shaun Über Geek

    I remember the one we had about 1am in Feb 2008 - we were living in temp accommodation at the time because our house had been flooded the previous July.

    I was sat on the settee, everything was quiet and the family was in bed fast asleep, when all of a sudden the ground below my feet turned to jelly, and all the loose cupboard doors on the kitchen units banged loudly. There was a pause of about 5 seconds and then a further movement.