Cornwall HORROR: Almost 50 earthquakes reported in the region – leaves residents terrified | UK | News (Reports)


The area has recorded 43 earthquakes in the last 50 days according to the British Geological Survey. Recorded from November 9, some of the shakes have caused residents to be terrified over the tremors as seen by comments from the Lanner Life Facebook group. Several people said they felt the “earth tremor” and it “scared the life out of them”, Cornwall Live reports.

Such was the size of one of the shudders felt in some Cornish villages that an investigation was launched into the work of a geothermal energy plant.

The United Down Geothermal energy plant drills into the ground to extract heat for local homes and businesses.

Due to this, it has caused minor quakes on the seismographs in the region.

Although over 40 earthquakes have been reported in the area, many are regarded as minor with the largest registering a magnitude of 1.7 on December 8.

This was the earthquake caused by the geothermal power station and caused shockwaves to be felt in the Frogpool, Lanner, Carharrack, Penhalvean and St Day.

The latest earthquake was registered on December 18 with five different seismic incidents recorded between 11.20am and 1.05pm.

Concerns have also been levelled at the earthquakes caused by fracking operations.

Due to the tremors caused by the drilling, anti-fracking campaigns have sparked across the country to stop the drilling.

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Campaigners had also stated fracking was now finished in the county.

The Government has also previously suspended all fracking operations in Lancashire amid concerns over earthquakes.

Due to the UK not being on any fault line, earthquakes are incredibly rare.

However, on December 29, seven people were killed following an earthquake in Croatia.

The magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck in central Croatia on Tuesday, with shockwaves felt as far as Austria.

The epicentre of the earthquake was focused on the town of Ptrinja where approximately half of the urban area was destroyed.

Following the earthquake, EU Parliament President Charles Michel pledged to put the full support of the bloc behind the disaster.

He said: “We are closely following the situation in Zagreb following the devastating earthquake.

“Our thoughts go out to the injured and frontline workers.

“At this difficult time, the European Union offers its full support and assistance to the people of Croatia.”

Additional reporting by Charlotte Becquart.


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