Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Earthquakes on Islay!

February has seen Islay be at the forefront of seismic activity in the UK during the current month. Unbelievable though it might seem we've actually had six distinct earthquakes, full details of which can be found on the British Geological Survey web site. Overall it's fascinating stuff with far more occurrences in and around the UK than you might think. Thankfully none are ever sufficiently severe to figure on anything other than the occasional Regional News Bulletin!!

Just as a benchmark against which we can compare ourselves with the far more tragic events which occur globally, the severity of them is low, and whilst they are felt and "experienced" locally, no damage or other evidence occurs. Of the six which have occurred in February (5th, 20th, 20th, 27th , 29th and 29th ) the readings on the Richter scale have been 1.5, 2.6, 1.4, 1.6, 2.8 and 2.6.  Having been caught in a quake in Venezuela where the earth did actually move momentarily accompanied by a distant rumbling, ( who's specific location you can't quite pinpoint incidentally), the whole experience is certainly more than interesting , but only while it remains at that level!!