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Earthquake hits English Channel ‘Largest since 1734’

July 14, 2011 Comments off

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Aerial photo of southern England The earthquake was the biggest in the area for nearly 300 years

An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.9 has struck in the English Channel, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said.

The quake had a depth of 10km and its epicentre was south of Portsmouth, according to the BGS.

Residents in parts of West Sussex reported buildings shaking for a few seconds at about 0800 BST.

Sussex Police, Solent Coastguard and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said they had not been called out to any incidents related to it.

Largest since 1734′

David Kerridge, from the BGS, said it was the biggest incident of Read more…