Support is growing for a call to halt oil and gas drilling on the Sussex-Surrey border following a string of earthquakes that have been felt as far as Horsham. South East Green MEP Keith Taylor is backing a call from a leading group of geologists and seismologists for a moratorium on drilling in the region.The scientists argue that risks associated with continuing drilling operations in the area - which has been hit by 12 earthquakes affecting Horsham, Crawley and Faygate as well as Surrey since April 1 - is too great.In a letter to The Times, the scientists says: “We believe that public health and the environment are not being adequately protected given the unstable geology, which had not been identified before permits were issued for the currently active drill sites.”The British Geological Survey is currently investigating the quakes and installing extra seismic monitors to calculate more precisely the depth, location and cause of the quakes.A spokesman for the survey has … [Read more...] about Call for ban on oil and gas drilling following string of earthquakes in Sussex
Magnitude 12 earthquake
Two earthquakes were recorded within 12 hours of each other near Dorking . The British Geological Survey (BGS) confirmed the second recorded earthquake on Wednesday (July 18) was 11 times bigger than the first one in Newdigate . The first earthquake was recorded just before 4am with a magnitude of 2.0 which was previously reported as 1.7. The second earthquake recorded a magnitude of 2.7 and is now the second strongest earthquake recorded in six weeks. Did you feel the earthquake? Did your house shake? Did you suffer any damage at all? Email [email protected] with any pictures or to tell us what you experienced. A BGS spokesman said: "We can confirm that there has been another earthquake today. "Provisional indications are that it was approximately magnitude 2.7, about 11x bigger than the one that occurred earlier today, which is now a magnitude 2 earthquake." Just last week, seismologists - scientists who study earthquakes - installed two new detectors at Newdigate to … [Read more...] about Newdigate experiences two earthquakes in less than 12 hours
Canterbury was struck by a magnitude 4 earthquake on Sunday night, which has raised anxieties about whether more could follow. "That's always the big question. We cannot always predict it," GeoNet seismology and strong motion specialist Dr Muriel Naguit told Newshub. The quake hit 10 kilometres east of Christchurch at a depth of 12 kilometres. The epicentre was approximately 5 kilometres offshore. In just 15 minutes, more than 7600 people reported feeling it. Magnitude 4 earthquake strikes Christchurch Aftershocks still shaking Christchurch seven years after quake $180k of taxpayer money used to spy on Kiwis after Christchurch earthquakes The region hasn't had an earthquake of this magnitude in six months, so it may have come as a shock to some people. It has raised the question: should Canterbury worry about more aftershocks to come? GeoNet says there is a 45 percent chance of aftershocks of magnitude 5 to 5.9 happening in Canterbury, but it's "extremely … [Read more...] about Should Canterbury worry about more earthquakes to come?
The Icelandic Met Office has raised the level of warning from green to yellow because of the recent earthquakes around volcano Katla. Green means that the volcano is an active one but shows no signs of a impending eruption, Yellow means that the activity is greater than normal and possibility of eruption is uncertain. They go on to say that there is yet no way to predict a volcanic eruption, but the activity is strong. Police in the south district are combing the surrounding area to make sure no one is there that doesn’t belong there like tourists or travellers. Katla has ben stirring for the past few weeks, but the tremors today are the biggest so far. The Met Office issued the following warning just now: “An intense seismic swarm is on-going since yesterday morning (29 September) at Katla volcano. An intense pulse, the largest one if compared with the previous activity, started today at 12:02 (30 September) with several earthquakes around magnitude 3 or larger. No seismic … [Read more...] about Yellow alert! Strongest earthquakes around Katla volcano in a series of tremors
An earthquake has hit southern Iran just 60 miles from the country’s Bushehr nuclear power plant. It hit on Thursday morning and was also felt in Bahrain and other areas around the Persian Gulf. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake struck at 6.34am GMT, some 60 miles east of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, the only operating nuclear power station in the Islamic Republic. The USGS put the earthquake’s magnitude at 5.5, while Iranian state television, citing officials, described the quake as a magnitude 5.9. Varying magnitudes are common immediately after a temblor. Government-run TV did not report any damage at the Bushehr plant, which has seen other earthquakes in the past and was built to resist damage from the tremors. It said the earthquake’s epicentre was near the town of Kaki, which the Iran Red Cross described as being in a sparsely populated area. World news in pictures 50 show all World news in pictures 1/50 Turkey's … [Read more...] about Iran earthquake latest: Magnitude 5.5 quake strikes near nuclear power plant