Observations from the Folkestone, UK earthquake of 28 April 2007

S. L. Sargeant, P. J. Stafford, R. Lawley, G. Weatherill, A. Weston, J. J. Bommer, P. W. Burton, M. Free, R. M. W. Musson, T. Kuuyuor, T. Rossetto

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Earthquakes in Britain are usually minor with respect to damage. However, the Folkestone earthquake (ML 4.3, Mw 4.0), which occurred on the southeastern coast of England (Figure 1) on 28 April 2007 at 07:18 UTC (08:18 BST) caused significant damage. One person was injured by falling masonry, and the Shepway District Council invoked emergency procedures to deal with the effects of the earthquake. This is the first time that emergency procedures have been invoked for a British earthquake. Approximately 60,000 homes lost power for 85 minutes due to tripping of two high-voltage transformers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)672-687
Number of pages16
JournalSeismological Research Letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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