Second earthquake recorded this year in Northamptonshire

Seismologists report 2.2 magnitude 'tremor' near Brackley
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Seismologists have detected the second earthquake in Northamptonshire in just over two months.

But the 2.2 magnitude tremor near Brackley was hardly enough to disturb the peace and quiet of the lockdown.

British Geological Survey scientists picked up the quake approximately a mile south-east of the town, on farmland between Evenley and Westbury, at 4.28 this afternoon (Saturday April 4).

It follows another 2.2 magnitude quake in Northampton back in January this year -- the first ever to hit the town.

Kettering had a 1.0 magnitude ‘shock’ in October 2018 while scientists picked up a 1.9 quake near Corby in 1997.

But more people felt the tremors from a 3.9 magnitude quake centered in Rutland in 2015 and a 5.2 magnitude quake in Lincolnshire also shook parts of the county in 2008.

The largest known earthquake recorded in Britain was magnitude 6.1, 60 miles offshore near the Dogger Bank in 1931.

Experts pinpointed the quake around a mile south-east of BrackleyExperts pinpointed the quake around a mile south-east of Brackley
Experts pinpointed the quake around a mile south-east of Brackley

A BGS spokesman said: "The UK is not generally associated with earthquakes, however, between 20 to 30 earthquakes are felt by people each year and a few hundred smaller ones are recorded by sensitive instruments.

"Most of these are very small and cause no damage.

"A magnitude four earthquake happens in Britain roughly every two years. We experience a magnitude five roughly every 10–20 years.

"The Earth under our feet has many faults caused by our turbulent geological past. Some of these faults can be observed at the surface and mapped by geologists, others are hidden many kilometres below the surface. These faults are places where earthquakes can occur."

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