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Town gets new earthquake station

Market Rasen earthquake

A permanent earthquake monitoring station has been set up in a Lincolnshire town, which was the epicentre of a tremor last year.

The station has been set up at Market Rasen, which saw the biggest earthquake in the UK for nearly 25 years, on 27 February 2008.

The system includes underground monitoring and recording equipment.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) said the station would be capable of monitoring earthquakes across the UK.

Richard Luckett from the BGS said: "[The chances of an earthquake happening there again] are tiny, but we're doing it anyway.

"The BGS is currently in the course of putting 50 of these stations all over the UK and it just seemed to make sense to make one of the next ones in Lincolnshire because of what happened last year.

"An earthquake of that size happens every 30 years on average - the chances of one happening in 30 years time in Lincolnshire again is obviously pretty small."

People in Newcastle, Yorkshire, London, Cumbria, the West Midlands, Norfolk and also parts of Wales, felt the 5.2 magnitude quake.



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