Earth continues to move

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An Ollerton man has reported booming sounds and heavy vibrations seemingly directly underneath his house similar to those made by a passing freight train.

The reports come after a survey by the British Geological Survey showed Ollerton experienced more earthquakes than anywhere else in the British Isles last month.

James Lawson (35) said he had been hearing the sounds at his Walesby Lane address since he moved in 13 years ago.

He added: “At first I thought it may be a neighbour doing DIY but as the years have gone by I realised it was underground.

“After the summer and up until the last month it was reasonably quiet - but you feel it to the pit of your stomach.

“There is almost a metal sound like the clanging of a submarine.”

Figures published by the British Geological Survey show that in the British Isles over the last 50 days there have been 32 earthquakes in Ollerton.

The most powerful, measuring 1.7 on the Richter Scale, occurred on 16th December last year.

Brian Baptie, a seismologist at Edinburgh’s British Geological Survey, told Chad last month that the quakes experienced in Ollerton of late were relatively small and presented no hazard at all.

He added: “This is an area where we have seen a lot of earthquake activity in the past and it has been linked to the Thoresby mine.”

Said James: “It does not wake me up or cause any damage to my house, but I have been in contact with the British Geological survey and have agreed to keep records over the next couple of weeks to see if it relates to their data.

It will be interesting and if it does I will be contacting them.”