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Devon Earthquake


Devon Earthquake, AN earthquake which hit North Devon yesterday was “significant by UK standards” according to the British Geological Survey. Assistant seismologist Julian Bukits confirmed the earthquake which struck at around 1.21pm yesterday was the biggest since 2008.

It occurred in the Bristol Channel around halfway between the North Devon coast and South Wales. The society said the earthquake measured 4.1 on the Richter scale. A statement added: “The epicentre of this earthquake was approximately 18 km north of Ilfracombe in North Devon and around 30 km southwest of Swansea in South Wales. The earthquake was widely felt in North Devon and South Wales.” The last large earthquake to hit the UK was Market Rassen which struck in Lincolnshire in 2008, measuring 5.2. Mr Bukits said in comparison yesterday’s earthquake was 45 times smaller.

He added the North Devon quake was around 24 million times smaller than the Tohoku earthquake which hit Japan in March 2011. Mr Bukits said of yesterday’s earthquake: “If you were in the right place at the right time you could have felt it up to 150km away.

“We have had around 300 reports from people and it was widely felt across Devon and Wales.” Ben Clarke, general assistant of Lundy Island, was unaware of the earthquake when the Journal contacted him. He said: “I did feel vibrations at around 1.20pm but I just thought it was the wind. It felt like a tiny shake”.

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