An earthquake was recorded at a popular tourist destination in Cheshire. According to data from the British Geological Survey, the rare event took place in Hatchmere, towards the eastern edge of Delamere Forest.
It was recorded on Sunday August 14 at about 8.30pm in the evening. The data shows that the exact location of the tremor was latitude 53.237 and longitude -2.666.
This record places it just to the B5152 Station Road, which runs through the forest just east of where Blakemere Moss lies.
There were no reports of anyone feeling the earthquake due to the small impact of the tremor. The magnitude was recorded as being 0.5 on the Richter scale and happened at a depth of 13km.
This is about the same scale that’s caused by a hand grenade, which is also said to generate around 0.5 magnitude on the Richter scale.
Earthquakes are a rare occurrence in the Cheshire area although happen more often than many people think. The vast majority are never felt by anyone due to the small size of the tremors.
In February, people across the county reported an earthquake with the British Geological Survey receiving ‘numerous’ reports of tremors. They were also felt in Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester.
It was later confirmed that the event was caused by a sonic boom from an RAF jet. BAE Systems said it had a Typhoon jet in the area at the time.