Stoke-on-Trent Earthquake 11-01-2012 M2.4

Yesterday Stoke-on-Trent experienced a minor, magnitude 2.4 tremor that we picked up on our seismometer at Keele.

I think that the official location, near Light Oaks, is a bit too far east as it is almost certainly a former coal mining induced event and the main coal measure sequence is further west. It will be interesting to find out where the felt reports come from.

We haven’t had earthquakes in the north of the city since the Smallthorne sequence of 1988-1990.

It is interesting that we have coal mining induced events of this size and nobody turns a hair, however, if it had been shale gas extraction related, the world would be about to end.

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