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Small earthquake recorded

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A SMALL earthquake measuring 2.8 in magnitude was felt in Jersey this week.

A picture of the seismograph recordings from the time that the earthquake struck. Picture: British Geological Survey (29203733)

The British Geological Survey, which oversees the operation of the Island’s seismograph in St Aubin, say that the quake struck at 3.39am on Wednesday, 30km south-east of Jersey at a depth of 14km.

It was also picked up by seismologists in neighbouring Normandy, where the earthquake registered a magnitude of 3.1.

Weather agency, Météo Basse Normandie, said those who were awake in the region at the time reported hearing a sound akin to a ‘clap of thunder’.

According to data held by Jersey Met, there was one earthquake recorded last year – a 2.4 magnitude event recorded on 14 May 2019. There were four in 2018, five in 2017, five in 2016 and four in 2015.

The largest quake to hit the Island in 90 years took place in July 2014 when a 4.5 magnitude event was recorded.

At the time, it was the 35th largest quake ever felt in the British Isles and over the following ten days, seven more smaller quakes struck Jersey.

Ed Taylor

By Ed Taylor
Journalist

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