[23 SEP 00]
CRIMES, FIRES & ACCIDENTS
earthquake shook Coventry and Warwickshire this morning, rattling
windows and waking people up.
tremor, measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale, was the largest in
this country for ten years.
epicentre was in Budbrooke, near Warwick, but the effects could be
felt 30 miles away.
than 50 people rang police after they were shaken awake at 5.30am.
Some thought there had been an explosion as their houses had been
said the tremor could have caused windows to rattle and possibly
plaster to crack, but it wouldn't have caused any major structural
damage to buildings.
Glenn Ford of the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh said the
quake was 60,000 times smaller than the one which brought
devastation to Turkey last year.
is the strongest tremor in Britain since one in 1990 in Shropshire,
which measured 5.1 on the scale.
last significant earthquake in Coventry or Warwickshire was a
magnitude 3.0 earthquake in May 1994 centred near
Stratford-upon-Avon, 17 km to the south west of Budbrooke.
are over 200 tremors in this country every year, but many of them
do not register on the scale.