M3.8 earthquake strikes Britain, the largest since 2008

M3.8 earthquake strikes Britain, the largest since 2008

A shallow earthquake registered by the British Geological Survey as M3.8 hit the southern North Sea, off the coast of North Yorkshire, United Kingdom at 18:52 UTC on January 3, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 18 km (11.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M3.9 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).

The epicenter was located in the southern North Sea, 155 km (96 miles) E of Scarborough, 361 km (224 miles) NNE of London, United Kingdom, and 305 km (189 miles) NNW of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

This is the strongest earthquake to hit Britain since M5.2 on February 27, 2008.

Regional seismicity, North Sea, Europe

The BGS said earthquakes on the east coast of the UK are relatively rare. “Earthquakes are almost completely absent from eastern Scotland and north-east England. Similarly, Ireland is almost completely free of earthquakes. The North Sea is more active than the mainland.”

The largest known British earthquake was M6.1 near Dogger Bank on June 7, 1931. It was 96 km (60 miles) offshore but was still powerful enough to cause minor damage to buildings on the east coast of England.

Below is a list of all significant British earthquakes as listed by the BGS:

DateTimeLatLonDepth Mag Region
2008/02/2700:56:47.853.400-0.33217.85.2MARKET RASEN,LINCS
2007/04/2807:18:12.551.1021.1695.34.3FOLKESTONE,KENT
2002/09/2223:53:14.852.533-2.15914.04.7DUDLEY,W MIDLANDS
2001/10/2816:25:24.952.8347-0.849314.44.1MELTON MOWBRAY,LEICS
2000/09/2304:23:45.852.2805-1.610514.44.2WARWICK,WARWICKSHIRE
1999/03/0400:16:51.855.3970-5.241319.04.0ARRAN,STRATHCLYDE
1994/02/1510:15:58.952.55900.91327.34.0NORWICH,NORFOLK
1990/04/0213:46:34.252.4362-3.032814.15.1BISHOP'S CASTLE,SHROPS
1986/09/2901:33:35.156.45-5.6523.34.1OBAN,STRATHCLYDE
1984/08/1811:37:27.752.96-4.3821.04.3LLEYN PENIN,NW WALES
1984/07/2920:17:57.352.98-4.4421.24.0LLEYN PENIN,NW WALES
1984/07/1906:56:13.652.96-4.3820.75.4LLEYN PENIN,NW WALES
1979/12/2603:57:07.055.03-2.824.54.7LONGTOWN,CUMBRIA
1976/11/0309:58:04.653.41-2.6924.5WIDNES
1975/11/2720:26:36.457.26-5.41114.1KINTAIL
1974/08/1012:49:43.557.19-5.35224.4KINTAIL
1974/08/0608:07:33.157.20-5.40 4.0KINTAIL
1974/02/2520:03:43.551.64-3.12 4.1NEWPORT
1972/03/0706:52:15.753.70-2.0364.0TODMORDEN
1970/08/0920:09:01.454.50-2.4720.94.1KIRKBY STEPHEN
1958/02/0923:21:0053.7501.01016.05.1NORTH SEA
1957/02/1115:43:0052.820-1.33013.05.3DERBY
1931/06/0700:25:0054.0801.50023.06.1NORTH SEA
1927/02/1723:17:0049.170-1.62022.05.4CHANNEL ISLANDS
1926/08/1503:58:0052.310-2.66017.04.8LUDLOW
1926/07/3013:19:0049.170-1.62018.05.5CHANNEL ISLANDS
1925/02/0121:52:0049.160-5.22025.05.1BRITTANY
1906/06/2709:45:0051.620-3.81013.05.2SWANSEA
1901/09/1801:24:0057.430-4.32011.05.0INVERNESS
1896/12/1705:32:0052.020-2.55020.05.3HEREFORD
1893/11/0217:45:0051.810-4.41024.05.0CARMARTHEN
1892/08/1800:24:0051.700-5.04026.05.1PEMBROKE
1889/05/3020:19:0049.400-0.60025.05.2NORMANDY
1880/11/2817:45:0056.190-5.30025.05.2ARGYLL
1878/01/2811:53:0049.800-0.60016.05.0NORMANDY
1863/10/0603:22:0052.000-2.80025.05.2HEREFORD
1853/04/0122:45:0049.150-1.70021.05.2COUTANCES
1852/11/0904:25:0053.020-4.30024.05.3CAERNARVON
1843/03/1700:55:0053.920-3.79017.05.0IRISH SEA
1816/08/1322:45:0057.430-4.33018.05.1INVERNESS
1786/08/1101:55:0054.530-3.68016.05.0WHITEHAVEN
1775/09/0821:45:0051.730-3.81019.05.1SWANSEA
1727/07/1904:00:0051.570-3.76025.05.2SWANSEA
1690/10/0707:15:0053.000-4.200 5.2CAERNARVON
1580/04/0618:00:0051.0601.60022.05.8DOVER STRAITS
1575/02/2617:00:0053.200-1.600 5.0MIDLANDS
1382/05/2405:30:0051.3402.000 5.0DOVER STRAITS
1382/05/2115:00:0051.3402.00025.05.8DOVER STRAITS
 

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Comments

Gary Hind 3 years ago

This earthquake was not the largest for a decade there was a magnitude 4.2 earthquake that shook south east England on May 22 2015! Quakes with the 3.0-4.0 range occur frequently every year and we're use to them as well.

ML 3.9 Rutland, Jan 2015
ML 4.2 Kent, May 2015
ML 4.2 Channel Islands, July 2014
ML 4.1 Bristol Channel, Feb 2014
ML 3.9 English Channel, July 2011

And there's a few more between 3-3.9 but can't fit them on this page!

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