Earthquake hits Stoke-on-Trent
- 12 January 2012
- From the section Stoke & Staffordshire
Stoke-on-Trent was hit by a earthquake on Wednesday, seismologists have confirmed.
The 2.4 magnitude tremor was recorded near Newchapel at 12:00 GMT by the British Geological Survey (BGS).
It was one of the larger ones to hit Britain in recent months and was measured at a depth of 1km - meaning it could have been felt.
There are roughly 200-300 quakes in Britain every year, but most are so small that no one notices them.
Professor Peter Stiles from Keele University said: "Stoke-on-Trent has been for a very long time quite a centre for small seismicity.
"But most tremors are associated with old mine workings."
Many of the quakes in the UK are clustered around an enormous block of rock known as the Midlands Microcraton.
This is a feature that runs up through Birmingham towards Stoke-on-Trent.