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April 28th, 2007

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07:04 am - Tea all around for you lot over in Britain!
Earthquake shakes southern England

6:53 a.m. EDT, April 28, 2007

LONDON, England (AP) -- A moderate earthquake rattled parts of southeast England Saturday morning, toppling chimneys from houses and rousing residents from their beds.

Several thousand people were left without power after the quake in the county of Kent, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

"It literally felt like the whole house was being slid across like a fun-fair ride," said Sharon Hayles of Stanford, southeast England.

The British Geological Survey said the 4.3-magnitude quake struck at 8:18 a.m. (0718 GMT) and was centered at sea, 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) off the Dover coast. The area is about 60 miles (100 kilometers) southeast of London.

The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude at 4.7.

Witnesses said cracks appeared in walls and chimneys collapsed across the county. Energy supplier EDF Energy said several thousand homes were without power after the quake, and the fire service was investigating several reports of gas leaks.

shiv5468, would you please stop tapping Lucius' cane on the ground! You remember what happened the last time you waved that thing about . . .

On a more serious note, hope everyone is OK and your utilities are operational. (burnstr2, hope your family is alright!)

~~ goes round the f-list with teapot in hand ~~
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Date:April 28th, 2007 11:38 am (UTC)
When they say shake... not round here it didn't. Which is a shame, because it would have been fun.

4.7 is quite impressive.
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Date:April 28th, 2007 12:08 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you were not adversely affected by the quake.

4.7 is quite impressive.

That's about what the one in Delhi was estimated to be, when I got caught in the 2001 Gujarat earthquake on my first visit to India and felt the ripples from it in the capital. The columns of our hotel were dancing about, according to my companion who was on the balcony (while I stood in the nice safe doorway), and there were large cracks in the building afterwards. We ended up having to change our itinerary since some of the places we had been planning to go to were in the affected area and so ended up exploring the areas near Agra and Mathura instead. We passed by quite a few collapsed buildings on that trip.

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Date:April 28th, 2007 12:19 pm (UTC)
I'm mildly envious. I've always wanted to see / experience and earthquake.

Geology used to be my hobby.
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Date:April 28th, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC)
That was actually my second earthquake -- my first was the magnitude 4.0 one that happened on Oct 19, 1985 with an epicenter in southern Westchester county, which is not too far from New York City proper.

I find earthquakes to be quite frightening to be in, since you never quite know how bad they will be.

My knowledge of geology has mainly been concerned with the kinds of rocks one finds in jewelry. In that respect, one might consider me to be a rockhound.

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Date:April 29th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah they are all fine thanks Perse. And I get to see them all DEC 26th =)Plus we get used to shakes down here. New Zealand rocks and rolls all day and night lol

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