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Market Rasen Earthquake 2008

On the 27th of February 2008, there was an earthquake in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire in the UK. It wasn't the largest earthquake at 5.2, but what was significant was that it was in the middle of rural England.

We don't get many earthquakes in the UK and this was the largest since 1984. From our own point of view it was rather shocking, as we had never experenced one before and the whole thing was rather surreal. Luckily, we weren't in a deep sleep and I can therefore accurately describe the incident.

At 11.30pm on the 26th of February we were woken by our youngest son Elliot, who is teething at the moment. After, we got him off to sleep again, we went back to sleep. However, at approximately 1.00am on Wednesday 27th February, we were awoken by the whole house shaking!

As we lay there the bed shook for about 10 seconds. The house shook so vigorously, that Elliot's nightime Music box started playing, as it was set to come on when he moves, on this occasion he was sound asleep!

We lay there stunned, what had just occurred? Had it been an explosion, no we thought it was more likely to have been a massive earthquake in Europe. We lay for a while wondering if there was going to be an afershock, but eventually drifted off to sleep.

When we got up, we put on BBC News 24. We could not believe it, the earthquake was in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. We live in Lincolnshire ourselves and the epicentre was only just over 40 miles away!

I could not see any damage to our property, although we are fully covered with More Than home insurance, I thought it was a good idea to check. In Gainsborough, about 15 miles from the quake several chimney stacks had fallen. This posed an interesting problem for us, our two cars were directly below the chimney stack! If the stack had fallen, who would we claim from the home insurance or the car insurance? Fortunately, we didn't have to claim off either, but other people weren't so lucky.

Infact, we suffered no damage at all. However, my mother in Nottinghamshire, had a few items full off her shelves and a tray was damaged when it fell to the floor. It was a plastic one that had been repaired before, so she won't be claiming off the insurance!

My good friend Zyra also in the Midlands, had various items fall off shelves. So, either our house is so messy that we haven't noticed the damage (That was a joke!) or we got off unscathed, apart from a little loss of sleep!

Well that's our account of the the mighty quake of 2008 that shook Lincolnshire to its very core! Maybe that was a bit over the top!! We had a bit of a shake in February 2008, but let's hope that's it for another few years.

If you want to find out a bit more about the Market Rasen earthquake, have a read of Zyra's Earthquake Account.

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