Tremor 'decline' in quake-hit New Ollerton

Map showing seismic activity across New Ollerton Map showing seismic activity across New Ollerton

Related Stories

Earthquakes in the "most seismically active" area in the British Isles appear to have stopped, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS).

New Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, experienced 93 small tremors, attributed to mining, from mid-December, with the last on 17 April.

Seismologist Glenn Ford said mining operations at Thoresby Colliery could have moved, accounting for the decline.

UK Coal confirmed mining had started moving away from the impacted area.

'Direct impact'

Mr Ford said: "It is our understanding that operations at the mine are coming to an end of the current phase and may explain why the events have gone into decline."

He added that very small quakes could still have happened but were not detected by the BGS's instruments.

James Lawson, from the town, said in January that the quakes sounded like "something was trying to get through" with his son likening it to a "monster".

At the time, the area had experienced 30 quakes in 50 days. There was a total of 41 tremors in the same period across the whole country.

The BGS said many tremors were "just perceptible" and structural damage from mining-induced earthquakes were unlikely.

Gordon Grant, a spokesman for UK Coal, said coal panels measuring about 2,000 yards (1,828.8 m) in length and width, are mined at any one time over the course of a year.

He said: "We're coming to the end of mining the panel [and] moving away from the direct impact [it was having] on New Ollerton."

Mr Grant added that people who felt the tremors would have had a similar experience to a lorry driving past a house.

Thoresby Colliery is due to close in 18 months after UK Coal hit financial difficulties.

James Lawson James Lawson said experiencing the tremors was surreal

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Nottingham

Weather

Nottingham

17 °C 11 °C

Features

  • HandshakeKiss and make up

    A marriage counsellor on healing the referendum hurt


  • Pellet of plutoniumRed alert

    The scary element that helped save the crew of Apollo 13


  • Burnt section of the Umayyad Mosque in the old city of AleppoBefore and after

    Satellite images reveal Syria's heritage trashed by war


  • Steve Barker in his studio in BlackburnCult music

    How did a Lancashire radio show get a global following?


  • Woman on the phone in office10 Things

    The most efficient break is 17 minutes, and more nuggets


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.