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LEIGHTON BUZZARD,BEDS

  1. Summary
  2. Maps
  3. Additional Information
  4. Did You Feel It?
  5. Macroseismic

Summary

DATE08/09/2020
ORIGIN TIME08:45:29.0 UTC
LOCATION 51.926 -0.737
DEPTH10 km
MAGNITUDE 3.5
LOCALITYLEIGHTON BUZZARD,BEDS

Felt throughout the region. Most reports are from towns, villages and hamlets in the counties of Milton Keynes, Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Luton, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire with the majority from within around 25 km of the earthquake location. Typical reports described, "the house had one dramatic shake", "all the windows rattled", "there was a heavy vibration", "felt like the whole house was shaking" and "it was like a large explosion".

There is relatively little significant historical seismicity in this locality. An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.0 was recorded near Dunstable in 2010 and an event with a magnitude 2.2 occurred near Brackley, 30 km west of Leighton Buzzard, on 4 January 2020. Neither of these were felt. The closest event with a similar magnitude, 3.4, was near Oxford in 1764. It was also widely felt. More recently there was a magnitude 2.9 near Oxford in 1986.

Maps

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Macroseismic

Macroseismic intensities (EMS) calculated in 5 km grid squares from 1748 felt reports. A minimum of five observations are needed to calculate an intensity. If there are less than five then the value is given as "felt". "not felt" means that reports explicitly stating that nothing was felt have been received.

Additional info

Did you feel it

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