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Earthquake in Kent (UK)

An earthquake struck Kent (UK) this morning..


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It caused a major power cut in the Folkestone and Hythe area, which affected about 65,000 homes and businesses. The US Geological Survey measured the quake at 4.7 on the Richter Scale at a depth of 10km below the surface of the earth. Kent Fire and Rescue Service said it has taken more than 100 emergency calls since this morning. Officers are checking two incidents of chimneys being left in a dangerous position after the tremor. The tremor, which was felt in Canterbury and Ashford as well as on the coast at 8.18 am, lasted for little more than a second or two. It also set off  fire alarms across the region, which led to hotels and businesses being evacuated.  ( Richter Scale for 4.0 to 4.9: Noticeable shaking of indoor items, rattling noises. Significant damage unlikely. There are an estimated 6,200 quakes of this magnitude per year.) anim7_moll_world.gif 

Animated Image showing Earthquakes over 7 days.  (Click on image to see full animation)
Notice MOST of the earthquakes are along plate boundaries…..(Source : USGS)
 How do Earthquakes happen?  (BBC)