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Midlands earthquake history: 20 years of shakes

Uppingham, in Rutland, where a 3.2 magnitude earthquake was felt this morning Photo: ITV News Central

Rutland was hit by the strongest earthquake to hit the East Midlands in 13 years this morning.

The quake measured 3.2 in magnitude and powered from a depth of 2.5 miles below the surface, rocking the Oakham area of Rutland at 7.07am.

There have been a number of earthquakes reported in the Midlands in the last two decades, the strongest of which occurred in Lincolnshire in 2008 and measured 5.2 on the Richter scale.

Top ten strongest earthquakes to hit the Midlands in 20 years:

  • Market Rasen, Lincolnshire (February 27th 2008): Magnitude 5.2
  • Dudley, West Midlands (September 23rd 2002): Magnitude 4.8
  • Budbrooke, Warwickshire (September 23rd 2000): Magnitude 4.2
  • Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire (October 29th 2001): Magnitude 4.1
  • Bromyard, Herefordshire (October 27th 2008): Magnitude 3.6
  • Oakham, Rutland (April 17th 2014): Magnitude 3.2
  • Staffordshire (May 6th 1996): Magnitude 3.0
  • Loughborough, Leicestershire (January 19th 2013): Magnitude 2.9
  • Wolstanton, Staffordshire (June 8th 2005): Magnitude 2.6
  • Ludlow, Shropshire (June 1st 2012): Magnitude 2.5

Top of the list, Lincolnshire's great quake of 2008 remains the biggest in the UK since 1984!

Specific to the East Midlands, Melton Mowbray's 4.1 magnitude tremor was the strongest in the region for 200 years.

Whilst in the West Midlands, Warwickshire's earthquake measuring 4.2 in 2000 was the strongest there since 1991.

This morning's earthquake in Rutland is only the sixth strongest to hit the Midlands in 20 years Credit: ITV News Central

A seismologist for the British Geological Survey says such tremors happen around three times a year in the UK.

Davie Galloway said:

There was a 4.1 in Melton Mowbray in October 2001 - so this is the biggest in the region for 13 years. It was quite widely felt but we probably get about three of these at this size somewhere in the UK each year.

Today's earthquake measured 3.2 on the richter scale Credit: BGS

Today's quake could be felt as far away as Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, 28 miles away from its epicentre. But most people feeling its force were within 15 miles; in parts of Oakham, Stamford and Kettering.

Mr Galloway went on to ease people's minds, saying:

We record about 200 earthquakes and it is to do with the earth's dynamic plates moving, probably at about the pace of the growth of a fingernail. The most common reports we have had is that houses shook, windows rattled for quite a few seconds, people were quite alarmed. Another comment was that it felt like a lorry was trundling along the road or there had been a crash but no one has reported cracking in their houses. We do not get the big earthquakes like they would get in places like Japan.

Japan's most powerful earthquake was the 8.9 magnitude tremor in March 2011, which struck about 400km (250 miles) north-east of Tokyo and resulted in the deaths of over 15,000 people; significantly smaller than anything the Midlands has experienced.

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