06 Mar

KEHS Seismometer Records the Swansea Earthquake

Since 2007, KEHS has been operating a seismometer that has been monitoring continuously earth tremors and earthquakes from around the world. It is able to record big events on the other side of the globe and smaller events closer to home. On Saturday 17th February, an earthquake of magnitude 4.4 with an epicentre 20 km from Swansea in Wales was picked up by our seismometer. A ten minute record of the event is shown on the left. The earthquake was the largest in mainland UK since the 5.2 magnitude Market Rasen earthquake in 2008. KEHS was actually featured in a Midlands Today news report in 2008 and this can be viewed on the video sharing platform Vimeo as ‘Market Rasen earthquake’.

Following the snow this weekend, the site has been cleared and will be gritted in the morning, but please wear sensible footwear and take care when walking around the site.