Monster earthquake could hit Earth as new ‘super deep’ fault lines discovered
SCI & TECH
By Mirror | April 20th 2015
Britain could be headed for an earthquake strong enough to topple buildings as new "super deep" fault lines have been discovered under the Home Counties.
The fractures in the earth's surface are linked to the San Andreas Fault which causes monster quakes in California.
The latest research shows that the much deeper and more intricate system of linked faults which could bring similar devastation to Britain.
According to reports, the regions most at risk are Kent and the Home Counties, Essex, and Scotland.
The UK experiences hundreds of tremors each year, of which only about 10 are actually felt.
But the new findings mean scientists say they cannot rule out a large-scale earthquake in light of the 3.5 magnitude tremor in Rutland in the Midlands last April experts warned the UK is at en ever-growing risk of its own "big one".
Glenn Ford, a seismologist at the British Geological Survey (BGS), told the Daily Express: "We do have a major plate tectonic boundary between the Eurasian plate and the African plate.
“I’m sure there were larger earthquakes at some time.
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