Tuesday, June 14, 2011


The Island experienced an earthquake measuring 3.7 on the Richter Scale and lasting nearly eight seconds, according to scientific figures.
Geologist Martin Brewer said results from the Island's seismogram station in Warwick showed the quake took place around 5.30am on Sunday.
A handful of residents reported feeling the tremors, including a man who lives on Northshore Road in Pembroke.
The man told The Royal Gazette: “We heard a low frequency rumble and our ceiling fan shook on its mounts. It lasted about five or six seconds.”
According to Dr Brewer, a relative of his in Somerset also called on Sunday morning wondering whether the rumble and vibration of the windows in his house was an earthquake.
Dr Brewer said: “The attached seismograms show that it was an earthquake. The times shown are around 8.35 GMT which is 5.35am Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT).
“By comparison with the earthquake on April 18th I estimate that the magnitude of this one was about 3.7, about ten times less energetic than the April tremor.”
From the data he suggested the earthquake took place 17 miles from the seismograph station on Cobbs Hill Road.
A meteorologist with the Bermuda Weather Service said as of last night the US Geological Service website had still not confirmed the quake.
The website usually confirms tremors within an hour after taking place.
To date five earthquakes have occurred within 200km of the Island since 1988, according to the US Geological Survey Earthquake Database.
The last confirmed earthquake, which measured 4.6 on the Richter Scale, took place on April 18 ; it was the first in more than a decade.

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