Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Earthquake in Cumbria

I started up my APRS gateway this morning and noticed an unusual symbol on the screen. I clicked on it and discovered that WE7U had posted an object to mark the epicentre of a minor earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale that occurred about 20 miles to the south of here at around 2300z last night.

It was felt in nearby Workington and even across the water in Dumfries and Galloway with some people describing it as "scary". We were completely unaware of it. But now I know what happened, I recall that just after we had gone to bed I heard a noise from the attic like someone was up there and stood heavily on the rafters. I said to Olga "did you hear that?" and she said she thought it was a heavy vehicle passing on the A66. So that was how the earth moved for us.

1 comment:

PE4BAS, Bas said...

We do hear the strange noises from the attic often as our area has a lot of minor earthquakes due to the large gasfields nearby. Because the gas is pumped out the earth is moving contstantly here. Very bad for old houses and churches. 73, Bas