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article imageMidnight London Earthquake Set To Cost Millions

By Michelle Duffy     Feb 27, 2008 in Environment
Sometime around midnight GMT last night, an earthquake hit London. It is thought to be the largest to hit the UK since over the last 25 years. The epicentre was in Lincoln, around 150 miles north of the capital
Only one person is thought to have been injured in last night's shock earthquake which effected much of the London area in the UK. Despite minimal damage to buildings and structures on the surface, the final bill is set to be in the millions, according to experts.
The epicentre of the earthquake which had not been predicted, is said to have been in the Lincoln area which is around 150 miles north of London itself. The earthquake measured 5.3 of the Richter scale although it was down graded to a 5.2 in the early hours of this morning. Emergency centres found themselves dealing with numerous calls through the rest of the night and the early morning from those who were awoken by beds shaking and structural concerns.
North Yorkshire police dealt with around 700 calls adding to the 650 other calls in the North of England.
It is the largest earthquake to have struck the UK since 1984.
People were awoken by tremors which covered much of the UK especially in Merseyside, Birmingham and Leicestershire., as well as Surrey, Northampton and Norfolk.
The one person injured in the quake was a 19-year-old man from South Yorkshire who suffered pelvic injuries when the chimney section in his bedroom collapsed and he woke to find himself trapped by the fallen section whilst still in bed.
Speaking on behalf of the Dumfries force and Galloway Police, a spokesperson told reporters,
"A lady called in during the night and said she had felt a very slight tremor. She wondered if there was something going on."
Around 200 earthquakes happen in the UK every year, although on a much smaller scale, it is only when they are of this scale that we really are able to feel them
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