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British Isles (Please Note: Earthquakes recorded in Lancashire & Surrey may be from "Fracking" rather than of tectonic origin).
- 6th May 2022, 2.3 recorded in Northamptonshire
- 20th April, 1.7 recorded in Wester Ross, Scotland
- 13th April, 0.8 recorded in Trewen, Powys, Wales
- 4th April, 1.0 recorded in Conwy, Wales
- 31st March, 1.1 recorded at Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire
- 22nd March, 2.7 + 2.5 + 2.2 recorded at Shetland
- 21st February, 2.8 recorded at Walsall, West Midlands
- 1st February, 0.4 + 0.3 + <0.1 recorded at Carnmenellis, Cornwall
- 9th January, 2.2 recorded in Filby, Yorkshire
- 1st January, 2.3 recorded in Durness, Scotland
- 25th December, 2.2 recorded in North Sea off Flamborough Head
- 14th December, 1.7 recorded in Knoydart, Scotland
- 11th December, Two magnitude 2.5 quakes recorded in Ullapool, Scotland
- 19th November, 2.2 recorded in Roybridge, Scotland
- 16th November, 3.1 recorded in Lochgilphead, Scotland
- 17th October, 1.0 recorded at Llyn Sybeni, Conwy, Wales
- 26th July, 2.5 recorded in Midlothian, Scotland
- 4th July, 0.8 recorded outside Chester, Cheshire
- 29th June, 0.8 recorded at Llandrindod Wells, Wales
- 31st May, 0.5 recorded at Padstow, Cornwall
- 20th May, 1.4 recorded at Millbrook, Cumbria
- 8th May, 1.0 recorded at Cockermouth, Cumbria
- 2nd March, 1.1 recorded at Thrimby, Cumbria
- 23rd February, 1.2 recorded in Hewsham, Lincolnshire
- 8th February, 2.1 recorded in Wester Ross, Scotland
- 22nd January, 1.4 recorded in Welshpool, Wales
- 22nd January, 1.5 recorded in Rhondda, South Wale
- 31st December, 1.9 recorded in Scottish Borders
- 25th December, 2.4 recorded in Kintyre, Scotland
- 2nd December, 3.3 recorded in North Sea
- 2nd December, 2.0 recorded in Perthshire, Scotland
- 24th October, 2.0 recorded in Southern Uplands, Scotland
- 21st October, 2.5 recorded in Scampton, Lincolnshire
- 20th October, 1.0 recorded in Perth & Kinross, Scotland
- 17th October, 1.5 + 1.8 recorded in Perth & Kinross, Scotland
- 13th October, 1.0 recorded in Holme Valley, Yorkshire
- 13th October, 1.0 recorded in Central Scotland
- 11th October, 1.8 recorded in Gwynedd, Wales
- 9th October, 2.3 recorded in Sherburn, Yorkshire
- 4th October, 2.5 + 0.8 recorded in Perth & Kinross, Scotland
- 28th September, 2.3 recorded in Perth & Kinross, Scotland
- 22nd September, 3.0 + 2.1 recorded in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire
- 14th September, 1.4 recorded in Perth & Kinross, Scotland
- 13th September, 1.1 + 1.2 recorded in Perth & Kinross, Scotland
- 13th September, 2.1 recorded in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire
- 8th September, 3.3 recorded in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire
- 4th September, 1.3 recorded in Perth & Kinross, Scotland
- 4th September, 1.0 recorded in Bristol
- 28th August, 2.6 recorded on Isle of Skye, Scotland
- 24th July, 0.8 recorded in Winsford, Cheshire
- 10th July, 2.0 recorded in Nuneaton, Warwickshire
- 26th June, 1.3 recorded in Lancashire
- 22nd May, 1.5 recorded in Ross-shire, Scotland
- 1st May, 0.9 recorded in Irish Sea
- 23rd April, 3.2 recorded in North Sea off Norfolk coast
- 4th April, 2.2 recorded in Northampton
- 16th March, 1.5 recorded in Ardnamurchan, Scotland
- 31st January, 2.2 recorded in Northampton
- 23rd January, 3.0 recorded in Teeside
- 4th January, 0.9 recorded in Gwynedd, Wales
- 18th December, 1.5 recorded in County Antrim, Northern Ireland
- 15th December, 2.5 recorded in Irish Sea
- 6th December, 2.5 aftershock recorded in Somerset
- 5th December, 3.2 recorded in Somerset
- 22nd November, 2.1 recorded on Isle of Mull, Scotland
- 13th October, two 1.7 tremors recorded in Glen Coa, Scotland
- 14th October, 2.3 recorded in Shropshire
- 6th October, 0.6 recorded in Caenarfon Bay, Wales
- 2nd October, 2.4 recorded in Leicestershire
- 24th September, 4.3 recorded in North Sea
- 5th September, 1.5 recorded in Gwynedd
- 27th August, 1.4 recorded in Cheshire
- 26th August, 2.9 recorded in Lancashire
- 24th August, 2.1 recorded in Lancashire
- 23rd August, 1.0 recorded in Lancashire
- 21st August, 1.6 recorded in Lancashire
- 8th August, 2.2 recorded in Cornwall
- 11th July, 2.4 recorded in Irish Sea
- 19th May, 3.0 recorded at Swanage, Dorset
- 4th May, 2.5 recorded at Gatwick, West Sussex
- April 29th, 2.1 recorded at Donegal, Ireland
- April 7th, 2.4 recorded at Donegal, Ireland
- April 13th, 2.1 recorded at Ulverston, Cumbria
- April 11th, 0.7 recorded at Gatwick, West Sussex
- April 8th, 2.5 recorded at Hodnet, Shropshire
- February 28th, 3.0 recorded at Newdigate, Surrey
- February 19th, 1.9 recorded at Gatwick, West Sussex
- February 14th, 2.4 recorded at Newdigate, Surrey
- November 16th, 1.5 recorded in Flintshire, Wales
- October 24th, 1.3 recorded in Gwynedd, Wales
- September 22nd, 3.1 recorded at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham
- August 30th, 2.4 recorded at Firth of Clyde, Scotland
- August 28th, 2.8 recorded in North Yorkshire
- August 2nd, 2.7 recorded at Downham Market, Norfolk
- July 18th, 1.9 + 2.6 + 2.7 recorded at Dorking, Surrey
- July 10th, 1.9 recorded at Dorking, Surrey
- July 5th, 3.1 recorded at Dorking & Redhill, in Surrey
- June 29th, 2.4 recorded at Dorking, Surrey
- June 27th, 2.6 recorded at Dorking, Surrey
- June 9th, 3.9 recorded in Grimsby, Lincolnshire
- April 28th, 1.5 recorded in Newdigate, Surrey
- April 20th, 2.2 recorded at Wester Ross, Scotland
- April 1st, 2.7 + 1.8 + 1.7 recorded in Dorking, Surrey
- March 9th, 2.7 recorded in Gwynedd
- February 28th, 3.2 recorded in Cumbria
- February 17th, 4.4 strikes Brecon Beacons, Wales. Aftershocks of 1.8 + 1.2 + 1.5 + 2.2 also recorded
- February 11th, 0.9 recorded in Cardiganshire
- February 10th, 1.5 recorded in Shropshire
- February 6th, 1.0 recorded in Monmouthshire
- February 2nd, 2.2 recorded under the Irish Sea
- January 29th, 1.0 recorded in Cumbria
- January 1st, 1.2 recorded in Perthshire
For a list of all recent UK earthquakes visit UK Earthquakes
Earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 and over that have hit the headlines around the world in the last month. Please Note: Some of the earthquakes reported across the lower 48 of the United States may be from mining operations rather than of tectonic origin.
All magnitudes expressed use the Richter Scale unless otherwise stated. All events are dated by local time.
Significant earthquake activity this week includes: USA and New Zealand (4 each), Greece, Iceland, India and Indonesia (3 each).
A new volcano may be forming in the the Michoacán-Guanajuato Volcano Field in Mexico. The last new volcano to appear in this region was Paricutín in 1943.
- Alert Level raised to 4 on Anak Krakatou, Indonesia following a small eruption.
- Alert Level 4 raised on Sao Jorge, Azores.
- Alert level reduced to 2 on Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand
- Indonesia raises eruption alerts to Level 3 on Mount Merapi, Mount Sinabung and Mount Lewetolok and to Level Two on Mount Semeru.
- Turkish authorites are monitoring an increase in activity under Mount Hasan. This volcano has been dormant for 10,000 years.
- Activity increases on Mount Suribachi on the Japanese island of Iwo-Jima.
- Mount Lokon (Indonesia) closed to tourists following an increase in activity.
- Alert raised on Kilauea, Hawaii, USA.
- Activity recorded under Mount Weishan in China, thought to have been extinct for 500,000 years.
Volcanos Active in the Last Twelve Months
- Anak Krakatou, Indonesia (April 2022)
- Mount Taal, Philippines (March 2022)
- Mount Merapi, Indonesia (March 2022)
- Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy (February 2022)
- Hunga Tonga Hunga-Ha'apai, Tonga (January 2022)
- Wolf, Galapagos Islands (January 2022)
- Mount Semeru, Indonesia (December 2021)
- Cumbre Vieja, Canary Islands (December 2021)
- Mount Aso, Japan (October 2021)
- Mount Kilauea, Hawaii, USA (October 2021)
- Cumbre Viejo, Canary Islands (September 2021)
- Geldingdalir, Iceland (September 2021)
- Mount Merapi, Indonesia (August 2021)
- Great Sitkin, Alaska, USA (May 2021)
- Nyarirogongo, Congo (May 2021)
- Pacaya, Guatemala (May 2021)
- Hundreds of dinosaur footprints, some so well preserved that scaly skin impressions are in evidence have been found in an open cast clay mine in Borkowice, Poland.
- Massive asteroid strike in Australia may have ended "Snowball Earth" - the period 650 mya when almost the entire planet was covered in ice.
- New evidence suggests that Pleistocene climate change may have been triggered by a comet impact in South America.
- Platypus fossil discovered in China.
- National Museum of Brazil destroyed by fire.
- T. Rex skeleton sells for $2m dollars (US) at a Paris Auction.
- New research suggests Archaeopteryx could fly but only for short distances, similar to the Pheasant of today.
- Chalk deposits may have been formed by the same annual algal blooms currently observed in the South Atlantic.
- Jack (John R.) Horner retires from the Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Montana after 20 years as curator.
- New Delhi, India: National Museum of Natural History badly damaged by fire.
- A new hominid species, which has been named "Homo naledi", has been discovered in a cave 50 km (30 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa. The fossil remains are of 15 separate individuals and date from 2 million years ago.
- First elasmosaur fossils found in Alaska.
- Two 4th Grade schoolchildren (about 9 years old) have been killed in a landslide while collecting fossils along the Mississippi River.
- Mammoth tusks found on beach at Herne Bay.
- A whale fossil with teeth twice as long as those of a T. Rex has been discovered in the Ocucaje Desert of southern Peru. The fossil dates from 12 million years ago and is an ancestor of the Sperm Whale of today. Named Leviathan melvillei - after Herman Melville, the author of the novel Moby Dick - the find was unique in that the entire skull, including the lower jaw and 10 well preserved teeth, were found.
- Spain is to re-open the Altamira caves to the public.
- A nearly complete skeleton of a previously unknown sauropod has been found in southern Utah, USA. Named Seitaad ruessi, the 10-15 foot long fossil dates from 185 million years ago. "Seitaad" is the Navajo word for a sand monster and "ruessi" is in honour of the naturalist Everett Ruessi, who disappeared in southern Utah in 1934.
- Russian scientists have decoded genetic material from a human ancestor that lived in Siberia 40,000 years ago. The DNA does not match either modern homo sapiens or neanderthals and may indicate existence of a new off-shoot in the human tree of evolution.
- Largest earthquake so far recorded by Nasa on Mars at Magnitude 5.0 (May 2022).
- Two methane blasts leave 5 dead and 7 missing at the Pniowek Coalmine and 10 dead, 3 missing at the nearby Borynia-Zafiowka coalmine, both in Poland.
- Norway to offer new licences to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean.
- Miner killed in collapse at aggregates quarry in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.
- The 14 coalminers trapped following a cave-in in Guizhou, China are now confirmed as all dead.
- 63 dead and around 70 people injured following an accidental dynamite explosion at Gomgombiro Gold Mine, Burkina Faso.
- 20 miners trapped in a Shaanxi coal mine in China have been rescued. 1 miner remains missing.
- I dead and one injured following a tremor induced cave-in at a coalmine in Ruda Śląska, Poland.
- 46 miners and 6 rescuers dead following a coalmine gas explosion in Kemerovo, Russia.
- Massive 3.2+ billion cubic metre gas field discovered in the Black Sea.
- West Cumbria Mining to extend Woodhouse Colliery near Whitehaven with potential output of additional 3.1m tonnes per year.
- Greece issues licences to ExxonMobil and Total for first offshore oil and gas exploration off the island of Crete.
- At 552 carats the largest diamond ever found in Canada is unearthed at the Diavik Mine in North West Territories.
- British Geological Survey say that the earthquakes recorded in Surrey, England are unlikely to be linked to fracking. [Ed: Wasn't this what the US Geological Survey initially told the residents of Oklahoma?]
- New Zealand plans to drill wells offshore to harvest fresh water from an underground aquifer.
- Huge offshore gas deposit found off the coast of Egypt prompts Cyprus to start exploration programme along its southern coastline.
- A 709 carat egg-sized diamond has been discovered in the eastern Kono region of Sierra Leone. This is the second largest diamond ever found in West Africa - the largest being a 968.9 carat stone found also in Sierra Leone in 1972.
- A giant jade stone weighing 175 tonnes has been uncovered by miners in Myanmar. The stone is 4.3m (14ft) high and 5.8m (19ft) long, and is reportedly worth an estimated $170m (£140m) and was was found in a mine in the jade-producing Kachin state, in the north of the country.
- Major new oil and gas discovery made in West Texas with projected reserves of 3 billion barrels of oil and 75 trillion cubic feet of gas.
- Offshore oil and gas deposits found off Guyana.
- USGS confirms that Oklahoma earthquakes are caused by fracking. Studies of similar tremors in Alberta, Canada, seem to confirm this. Indications are that it may be the storage of wastewater underground that causes the quakes rather than the fracking itself.
- Better relations between United States and Cuba could lead to development of major new offshore oil deposits under the Caribbean.
- Offshore oil discovered at the Russian Universitetskaya-1 Platform in the Arctic. With estimated reserves of up to 100 million tonnes of oil and 338 billion cubic metres of gas, the field is located in the Kara Sea, an area of water bordered by Novaya Zemlya, Severnaya Zemlya and Siberia.
- Offshore gas found in the Nile Delta.
- Oil finally comes to the surface in Kazakhstan fields following $50bn cost and 10 years development.
- Offshore gas find in Gabon, West Africa.
- Oil exploration planned in Morocco, Malta and Spain.
- Cuban offshore oil exploration put on hold due to "difficult" geology.
- Cyprus to exploit offshore gas reserves.
- Aggresive exploration for offshore oil commences in Caribbean.
- BP plan to drill 5 test wells in the Claire Field off the Shetland Islands.
- A new venture is being planned to recover the minerals contained within the millions of manganese nodules on the Pacific Ocean floor.
- Offshore oil may provide Ireland with up to 143,000 barrels a day, making the Repubic self sufficient and saving 5bn euro a year in imports.
- UK Department of Energy & Climate Change gives go ahead for exploration of shale gas reserves having imposed new controls to stem seismic events triggered by "fracking".
- China to undertake research into developing large shale gas deposits over the next two years.
- Trillions of carats of diamonds have been discovered in the 100-kilometer (60-mile) wide Popigai crater in eastern Siberia, Russia. Produced by the impact of a giant meteorite 35 million years ago, the diamonds are industrial grade and not suitable for jewellery.
- North Dakota has passed Alaska to become the second largest produced of oil in the United States. Texas is still in pole position.
- Oil discovered in the Lake Albert rift basin of Uganda with estimated reserves of 2.5 billion barrels. Production is expected to commence in 2012.
- Drilling for oil and prospecting for zinc to begin in arctic Greenland commences as the icecap melts and exposes rock.
- Major find of rare earth elements have been discovered in Pennsylvania, USA.
- Large shale gas field goes on line in Pennsylvania, USA.
- A new on-shore production well has commenced operations at Singleton, near Chichester, West Sussex. Since the start of operations in 1989, this oilfield has produced almost 4 million barrels of oil.
- A new oil field has been discovered in the Barents Sea with estimated reserves of half a billion barrels.
- New oil and gas field discovered off Mexico's Gulf coast.
- 4.5 trillion feet of natural gas reserves have been proven in Patagonian shale deposits in southern Argentina.
- Drill cores have indicated the possibility of major new uranium-copper-gold deposits in South Australia.
- A huge gas and oil field has been discovered off the coast of Lebanon. Estimates range up to 122 trillion cubic feet of gas and 1.7 billion barrels of recoverable oil. If accurate, this would make the field one of the world's largest.
- Gold discovered in the Komana region of Mali, West Africa, with estimated reserves of 1.25 million ounces.
- A further two earthquakes on magnitude 4.1 and 4.2 have been recorded on Mars.
- Two people have been arrested for causing "incalculable damage" to the Publi Geode Crystal Cave in Almeria, Spain.
- Magnitude 4.2 earthquake recorded on Mars.
- The Nasa InSight Lander has recorded earthquakes of magnitude 3.3 + 3.1 in Cerberus Fossae on Mars.
- Meteorites predicted to have fallen near Cheltenham after large bolide lights up Western Europe.
- Minor landslide at Bluewater Shopping Centre, Dartford, England. See
- Meteor explodes over the Indonesian island of Bali.
- Hyabusa-2 Space Probe Successfully returns asteroid samples. See
- 20 households evacuated due to safety concerns following a cliff collapse at Eastchurch on the Isle of Sheppey, England.
- A meteor found in North West Africa has been proven to be identical in physical & chemical make-up to rocks brought back by the Apollo astronauts. It will go up for auctin at Christie's with a £2m estimate.
- Meteor explodes over Croatia.
- Magnitude 2.5 earthquake recorded on Mars.
- Meteor explodes over Greenland with force "like nuclear bomb".
- Man in Michigan, USA, discovers that the 23lb rock he has been using as a doorstop for decades is actually a nickel-iron meteorite, one of the largest ever found in the State.
- Curators from Museums in North America, Europe, Russia, Morocco and Japan attend first ever workshop and conference hosted by The Vatican on extra terrestrial objects.
- Bolide (extremely bright meteor) impacts outside Detroit, Michigan, USA. Fragments have been found and are currently being studied. The Bolide caused a 2.0 magnitude earthquake in the area but it is unclear whether this was as a result of the shock wave as it travelled through the atmosphere or from the actual impact.
- Fireball recorded over Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
- 100kg meteor impacts in Finland after fireball seen across Norway, Finland and Norway.
- Giant 30 tonne meteorite discovered at Campo del Cieto, Argentina.
- Small meteorite explodes over the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. No fragments yet found.
- The two newly discovered moons of Pluto have been named as Vulcan and Cerberus.
- Substantial meteorite activity over Russia, Cuba and California in the wake of the Asteroid 2012 DA14 that passed Earth within 17,200 miles.
- A meteorite weighing 8oz hit a doctor's surgery in Virginia, USA. No-one was hurt. The meteorite has been donated to the Smithsonian Institute.
- A pioneering project to drill geothermal wells outside the city of Basel, Switzerland, has been scrapped following concerns that the drilling is causing small earthquakes in the area.
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