POWERFUL earthquakes in the UK are thankfully a pretty rare phenomenon, but they do happen. Hundreds of tiny tremors too minor to be felt or cause any damage hit Britain every year. Here are the movers and the shakers, and the ones that won't wake you. When and where was the strongest earthquake ever recorded in the UK? The largest known British earthquake occurred in the North Sea, near the Dogger Bank in 1931, with a magnitude of 6.1. It was 60 miles offshore but still powerful enough to cause minor damage to buildings on the east coast of England.The most damaging UK earthquake was in the Colchester area in 1884, in which several people were killed and shockwaves were felt as far away as the Houses of Parliament. While many of the stronger quakes in the UK are under the sea, like the earthquake which hit 100 miles off Scarborough in January 2017, some do happen on land. In 2007 and earthquake in Kent registered as 4.3, with Folkestone the worst hit area. In 2008, a 5.2 quake … [Read more...] about Where was the strongest earthquake ever recorded in the UK and how does Cornwall compare?
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Brits have been told to expect more heavy rain in a new warning threatening to bring more flood misery for much of the UK. The alert for Thursday warns of up to 60mm of rain in certain areas, meaning almost half a month's showers could fall in one day. Downpours have resulted in flooding across the country in recent days - and the Environment Agency still has five 'danger to life' flood warnings in force across Yorkshire. The situation in the north-east should ease this afternoon, although rivers to the south-west are expected to burst their banks today, the Met Office predicts. A yellow weather warning for this morning says flooding is likely in parts of the north-west and the midlands. The Met Office warning for Thursday states: "Periods of rain are expected to become widespread and locally heavy across parts of England and Wales through Thursday. "Over western areas, particularly the higher ground of Wales, some snow is also likely, with local accumulations of a few cm possible. … [Read more...] about UK weather forecast: Half a month’s rain to fall in a day after flood misery
As a European Union member, the UK is part of about 40 trade agreements which the union has with more than 70 countries. If the UK leaves the EU in a no-deal Brexit on 29 March, it will immediately lose these deals. Last year, the UK government said it wanted to replicate the EU's trade agreements "as far as possible" and have them ready to go immediately in the event of a no-deal Brexit.So how much progress has the government made?'No deals yet'Being a part of the EU means the UK (or any other EU member) cannot implement its own trade deals. Trade negotiations are instead handled by the EU on behalf of its members. These existing arrangements are designed to make trade easier between the EU and the rest of the world. This could include: relaxing certain rules, reducing taxes (tariffs) on imports and exports, or granting easier market access.The government estimates that about 11% of UK's trade relies on the EU's agreements with other countries.But on Thursday, International Trade … [Read more...] about Brexit: How many trade deals has the UK done?
Britain should not expect any compromise on the European Union’s free movement rules if it wants to stay in the single market, the former EU leader Herman Van Rompuy has said. Van Rompuy, who led the European council during five years of economic crisis, warned that divorce negotiations between the UK and the EU would be very difficult. “I cannot imagine special treatment for Britain if they want access to our market of goods and services,” he told the Guardian. Since the shock victory for leave, Britain’s relationship with the rest of Europe has been thrown into turmoil. Both sides are in post-referendum limbo, with official talks yet to start, while the search for a British prime minister goes on. Van Rompuy, a former prime minister of Belgium, will not be involved in negotiations. But between 2009 and 2014 he chaired EU leaders’ summits, giving him unrivalled insight into the art of the Brussels compromise. “In principle, you can always find … [Read more...] about Van Rompuy: UK must accept free movement to stay in single market
More than a million people in the UK are so poor they cannot afford to eat properly, keep clean or stay warm and dry, according to a groundbreaking attempt to measure the scale of destitution in Britain. A study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) found that 184,500 households experienced a level of poverty in a typical week last year that left them reliant on charities for essentials such as food, clothes, shelter and toiletries. More than three-quarters of destitute people reported going without meals, while more than half were unable to heat their home. Destitution affected their mental health, left them socially isolated and prone to acute feelings of shame and humiliation. Although the study could not demonstrate that destitution had increased in recent years, it said this would be a plausible conclusion because of related evidence showing austerity-era rises in severe poverty, food bank use, homelessness and benefit sanction rates. In 2015, there were 668,000 destitute … [Read more...] about More than a million people in UK living in destitution, study shows