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2/27/2008

Earth Tremors Hit the U.K.

Breaking Earth News
United Kingdom
The magnitude 5.2 earthquake that struck Lincolnshire has been the biggest tremor to hit the UK in the past 25 years.

Seismographs indicate that Wednesday's earth tremor was centred approximately 4km north of Market Rasen in Lincolnshire. Experts at the British Geological Survey say it occurred at 0057 GMT at 53.42 degrees North and 0.35 degrees West.

Since 1 January 2008, there have worldwide been more than three earthquakes per day with magnitudes greater than 5.0.

Quake Reports
INDONESIA - The fault line that spawned the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami has ruptured nearly 20 times this month, with three strong quakes in 24 hours Monday/Tuesday. The activity shows the stress the seam is under and could be a harbinger of worse to come, scientists warn. Last Wednesday, a magnitude 7.4 quake killed three people and damaged scores of houses. Since Sunday, four other events strong enough to prompt tsunami warnings have jolted the region. "They are best seen as part of a chain that began in 2004. The stability of the fault has been disturbed."

GERMANY -
A small weekend earthquake in Germany rattled some homes and temporarily halted operations at a Saarland coal mine, which remained closed Monday. The Saarland mine has been blamed for dozens of small earthquakes in recent months, but after Saturday's quake, the largest yet recorded, it may not reopen. Saturday's earthquake registered 4 on the Richter magnitude scale. It was enough to collapse some chimneys and rattle pictures off of walls. The German government, which subsidizes coal mining in Germany, has decided it is cheaper to import coal than continue propping up the industry. The government had already decided to phase out coal mining, beginning in 2009, expecting operations to cease by 2018.



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