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1:44 PM 02/28/2018
The United Kingdom is hit with a second earthquake in two weeks Wednesday morning.
An earthquake with a 3.2 magnitude tremor lasting 20 seconds was felt around Cumbria around 7:30 a.m., reported the Daily Mail. The earthquake’s epicenter was felt in Mosser, in between the Cumbrian towns Workington and Whitehaven. This is the second earthquake in the U.K. in the past two weeks with another quake with tremors of 4.4 felt in Wales Feb. 14, reported Sky News.
“This part of Cumbria has experienced a number of earthquakes in the last 100 years,” Brian Battie, a Seismologist, told Sky News. Cumbrian residents reported they could feel their homes shaking for about 20 seconds. Battie noted that this is normal for an earthquake of this magnitude but it would not cause any damage.
The last large earthquake to hit Cumbria was in 2010 with tremors of 3.5. Earthquakes over a tremor of 3 happen once or twice a year, noted the British Geological Survey.
The earthquakes happen randomly, without a specific linkage to each other, Battie assured.
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