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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I had no idea that there could be earthquakes in britain.<br><br>
An earthquake with a magnitude of at least 4.3 has shaken parts of Kent, damaging buildings and disrupting electricity supplies.....<br><br><a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/6602677.stm" target="_blank">http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/6602677.stm</a>
 

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can't earthquakes happen anywhere?
 

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Wow! I had not heard about it!<br>
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dh and i did wonder what had happened, when we were driving on the A3 and saw a sign saying avoid Folkstone - which we thought was weird, as normally the signs tell you which road to avoid not a whole area. This explains it.
 

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it's crazy that a 4.3 did that much damage. i hope all is well now.
 

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Earthquakes can happen anywhere. They simply happen more often in certain locations. There are dormant volcanoes in France and active volcanoes in Iceland and in Italy. The most devastating earthquake in U.S. history took place around 1815 in Missouri on the New Madrid fault and was felt as far away as Albany, New York. And of course the 9.0 Alaskan earthquake in 1964, tsunami and all. My DH was there.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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It did that much damage because things are not built to be earthquake-proof in areas like the UK where there are not very many earthquakes. Imagine an earthquake in NYC where the skyscrapers are well-built but not to earthquake standards. There would be massive devastation. The Missions in California that were built by the Spaniards in the 1700-1800s were built to the standards of the Spanish homeland, but were ruined within a few decades when built over California earthquake faults.
 
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