The Carlisle earthquake of December 26, 1979, in northern England

Earthquake Information Bulletin (USGS)


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At 3:57 a.m on the morning after Christmas Day 1979, a large area of northern England and southern Scotland was shaken by an earthquake. In the mesoseismal area, a few miles north of Carlisle, chimneys toppled into the streets or fell through roofs, and people ran in panic into the open. Over a much wider area, including the densely populated industrial area of central Scotland, people were awakened, and ornaments and other small objects were disturbed. At distances over 120 miles from the epicenter, only a few people noted the tremor. Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man also expereienced the tremor but reportedly at no very great intensity. The distrubed area covered approximately 45,00 square miles. 

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The Carlisle earthquake of December 26, 1979, in northern England
Series title Earthquake Information Bulletin (USGS)
Volume 12
Issue 2
Year Published 1980
Language English
Publisher U.S Geological Survey
Description 3 p.
First page 71
Last page 73
Country United Kingdom
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