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Quake damage avoided

Although last week's earthquake in Lincolnshire was felt as far away as Amsterdam there have been no reports of significant damage to buildings or infrastructure, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS).

More than 28,000 reports have been made to the BGS since the initial earthquake, but the extent of the damage to property has been limited to minor damage to chimneys and small cracks in masonry.

The British Geological Survey's Alice Walker said: "We've got more than 28,000 reports from the public and although some of them say they have damage, they usually can’t tell if it’s structural damage or not. We’ve seen nothing to suggest that any buildings are unsafe as a result of the earthquake."

The exact epicentre of the earthquake is yet to be determined, but it is known to have been a ‘shallow’ seismic event, just 18km underground originating to the north of Market Rasen.

There have been a series of small tremors since the initial 5.2 magnitude earthquake, but the BGS
expects at least one more large-scale tremor to follow.

Walker explained: “We expect another large tremor measuring around 4.2 on the local magnitude scale. Large aftershocks always seem to be just one order of magnitude down from the original earthquake.”

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