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Didcot towers demolition impact 'similar to earthquake'

  • 2 August 2014
  • From the section Oxford

The demolition of the Didcot power station towers caused tremors similar to earthquakes, an expert has revealed.

The three 36,000 tonne towers came down in seconds, at 05:01 BST last Sunday.

Seismology equipment at Diamond Light Source in Harwell, about five miles from the power station, detected the destruction of the towers.

Houcheng Huang, principal engineering analyst, said the impact was similar to a quake.

"Nobody actually felt the impact but we have got very sensitive equipment," he said.

"We pick up earthquakes in Japan, in China, in Pakistan, also a few years ago I remember I picked up a UK earthquake in Yorkshire somewhere.

"They are quite similar."

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