03 Nov Nigeria: Earthquake hits UK village
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
A small village in County Durham, England was hit by a magnitude 1.3 earthquake today.
According to the British Geological Survey, shaking was recorded at Quaking House near Stanley at 1am this morning.
Around 200-300 earthquakes occur in the UK each year. But most of them are so small that no one notices them. Approximately 20 to 30 exceed magnitude 2.0 and are noticeable over a larger area.
Earthquakes in Scotland are most commonly thought to be caused by glacial reaction.
Until about 10,500 years ago, much of northern Britain was covered by a thick layer of ice, forcing rocks into the mantle below.
These rocks slowly rise again after the ice melts, occasionally causing earthquakes.
The UK is also facing tectonic shifts caused by the expansion of the Atlantic Ocean. The ocean is slowly pushing all of Eurasia eastward, pushing Africa from the north, and Europe from the south.
Britain’s most devastating earthquake occurred in the Colchester area in 1884. About 1,200 buildings needed repairs, with chimneys collapsing and walls cracking.
Quaking House may have originally been settled by Quakers, but during the Industrial Revolution it developed into a mining village of traditional terraced houses. Daily Mail