27/02/2008

Quake Shocks Felt In Bangor

Northern Ireland was just one of the parts of the UK that felt the 'earth move' last night.

The earthquake that struck England last night was the largest to hit the country in 25 years - and it was felt in NI too.

Duty Watch Manager at Bangor Coastguard Station, John Hope, was at work when he felt the aftershock of the quake at about 0100 GMT.

"I can only liken it to somebody as being a load of people up in your roofspace - moving about and you hear the creaking of the ceiling," he said.

"It was quite a tremendous creaking - the whole ceiling was actually creaking.

"It was to such a degree that I looked up and I said to my operator: 'Do you hear that?' - she was coming to terms with the fact that her chair was vibrating.

"I actually stood up, because I fully expected the ceiling to come down amongst us."

The tremors from the 10-second quake, which measured 5.2 on the Richter Scale, was felt in Newcastle, Yorkshire, London, Manchester, the Midlands and Norfolk and parts of Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The 'quake, which struck shortly before 1am on Wednesday morning, mainly caused damage to buildings. However, a man in South Yorkshire suffered leg injuries when a chimney collapsed and fell through his bedroom roof.

According to the British Geological Survey, the epicentre of the quake was near Market Rasen in Lincolnshire.

The quake was the largest recorded since 1984, when a quake measuring 5.4 on the Richter Scale struck Wales.

(KMcA)(BMcC)

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