Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tremor Sparked 1,000 Alerts; Quake Was 3.5 on Scale

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tremor Sparked 1,000 Alerts; Quake Was 3.5 on Scale

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Byline: Paul Tully

AN earthquake which hit Cumbria was felt as far away as Northumberland, experts revealed yesterday. The earth tremor shook large parts of the Lake District but was felt as far east as Catton village, near Allendale, in Northumberland.

The quake, measuring 3.5 on the Richter Scale, rattled windows and moved small objects but caused no serious damage or injury.

The British Geological Survey in Edinburgh received over 1,000 alerts about the quake.

Spokesman Dave Galloway told The Journal: "The easternmost was a single one from Catton, near Allendale in south-west Northumberland.

"We also received messages from the Brampton area and Alston in Cumbria."

The tremor, with its epicentre at Coniston in the Lakes, occurred at 10.59pm on Tuesday night.

Yesterday at The Crown pub in Catton, locals were largely unaware of the tremor and one man said: "No-one here was aware of anything, though someone has apparently felt something in the village."

In the Northumberland-Cumbria border village of Halton Lea Gate, villager Alan Clues said: "We have heard the reports of the quake on the news and I have spoken to people in the village, but it seems it has missed us out this time."

The Coniston quake - officially described as "minor" - came 24 hours after a 3.8 tremor on the Norwegian coast.

Coniston was measured at nine miles undergound and Dr Brian Baptie, BGS Head of Seismology, said: "We get an earthquake of this size somewhere in the UK roughly every 12-18 months. Damage is very unlikely.

An earthquake of this size and depth might be felt 80-100km away. It has probably made windows and doors rattle and small objects might have been displaced."

Eskdale hotelier Alan Robertson said: "There was this sort of really loud rumble. The whole building shook.

"I ran out of the front door, only to be confronted by the other guests running out of their part of the house. …

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