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Earthquake Warnings for Great Britain

Great Britain
May 13, 2007

Scared residents in the coastal town hit by an earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale have been warned there could be another big quake on its way. Since the initial quake shook Folkestone on April 28, seven smaller tremors have been felt by residents, with the biggest measuring 1.8 on the scale according to seismologists. And experts at the British Geological Survey have warned the tremors could be leading up to an aftershock that could measure 3.3 on the Richter scale. “The general rule is that aftershocks may reach a magnitude of one less on the Richter scale than the initial earthquake. “The last aftershock was on May 5 which measured just under two on the scale and we are likely to see more around this magnitude. But I cannot rule out one of a magnitude three in the next few weeks.” More than 1,500 properties were affected by the tremor and more could be damaged by an aftershock. “Earthquakes are unusual in the UK so we need to study this one on detail. We are looking at why it happened and what it means for the future.”
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