Archive for February 17, 2018

Today’s Earthquake in Wales

Posted in Uncategorized on February 17, 2018 by telescoper

Just after 2.30 this afternoon I felt a vibration of my house in Cardiff, initially like a heavy truck going outside but then a distinct ‘bump’. The whole house moved, but only for less than a second and no damage ensued.

I thought it was a minor tremor, and out of curiosity I looked on Twitter to see how widespread were the reports. The answer was very:

It seems it was an earthquake of Magnitude 4.7, centered near (or, presumably, under) Neath. That’s actually pretty big by UK standards.

Thankfully I don’t think anyone has been hurt.

Anyone else feel it?

P. S. I learned today that the Welsh word for ‘earthquake’ is daeargryn..

Flying back to Wales

Posted in Uncategorized on February 17, 2018 by telescoper

Today, as usual, I took the morning flight back from Dublin to Cardiff. This was the first time this year it’s been clear enough and light enough to see anything from the cabin so I took this snap our of the window as we reached the Welsh coast. You can see the curve of Cardigan Bay reasonably well.

The propeller was working, by the way…