Minor earthquake in Cheshire | Knutsford Times

Minor earthquake in Cheshire

By on August 28, 2019

Cheshire was hit by a small earthquake earlier this week but it had nothing to do with the fracking-related activity that has caused issues in Lancashire.

The minor quake, with a 1.4 magnitude, had an epicentre at Bridgemere, near Nantwich.

It struck at 2.01am British Summer Time on Tuesday 27th August.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) said it was at a depth of 6km.

Data analyst John Murray from Queen’s Park, who spotted a report of the event, posted: “Earthquake 1.4 Bridgemere, Cheshire. Natural event, rather than fracking related, in this case.”

British Geological Survey (BGS) said the minor earthquake, with a magnitude of just 1, occurred at a depth of 7km at 2.13am on Sunday, January 20.

It was 18 months ago, about 2.30pm on Saturday, February 17, that an earthquake with an epicentre near Swansea and a 4.4 magnitude was felt across Wales and England – including Chester, Connah’s Quay and Liverpool.

Social media was full of reports from people ‘all shook up’ although fortunately there were no reports of serious damage or injuries.

Alex Staniforth, from Kelsall, who survived the devastating 2015 earthquake in Nepal while climbing Everest, tweeted: “Anybody else feel the small earth tremor in Cheshire just now?! Family don’t believe me. After Nepal 2015 I know an earthquake when I feel one!”

The last significant earthquake to hit Cheshire occurred on November 3, 1976, in Widnes when a 4.5 magnitude tremor caused minor damage to buildings.

About Lucy Thorpe

Lucy Thorpe is a freelance journalist who writes for the Knutsford Times - covering stories and news in and around Cheshire and Greater Manchester. If you've got a story to share, or would like to speak to Lucy, please email news@knutsfordtimes.co.uk

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