News stories about BGS

A selection of recent news, that includes mentions of the British Geological Survey, reported in online news websites. Click on a heading link to read the full article.



Scientists have helped develop a new way of detecting underwater earthquakes that could save up to £753 million. Researchers used telecoms cables already under our oceans as ‘acoustic sensors’ to detect earthquake-induced vibrations along the length of the cable. The project was carried out in collaboration with researchers at Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica in Italy, the British Geological Survey and the University of Malta.


18 June 2018

A magnitude 3.9 earthquake was felt in the north east and north of Lincolnshire, Kingston-upon-Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS). The BGS tweeted: "The event June 9, 2018 at 10.14pm UTC magnitude 3.9 is the largest in the area since the Market Rasen event on 27/2/08 at magnitude 5.2, approx. 90 times larger than this recent event."


15 June 2018

A 3.9-magnitude earthquake centred in north-east Lincolnshire has reportedly been felt up to 60 miles (100km) away. The British Geological Survey (BGS) said it happened at 23:14 BST on Saturday, with the epicentre in Grimsby at a depth of 11 miles. It was felt mainly in Lincolnshire and Hull, the BGS added.


10 June 2018

The British Geological Survey has just released a new interactive web tool that maps out the geographical variation in the isotope signatures of Britain. This map, which includes strontium, oxygen and sulphur data, enables the determination of the provenance of food and drink or archaeological remains.


6 June 2018

A pair of tectonic lines were recently discovered underneath the United Kingdom's largest metropolitan area. The buildings most at risk are the historic ones. "There was a small earthquake in Folkestone in 2007. What was damaged most was old chimneys. It may not sound very dramatic but if people are walking in the street and a chimney falls on you, that's bad news," said Roger Musson of the British Geological Survey.


1 June 2018

Crystals from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption have demonstrated a new way to recognise pre-eruption signals at Eyjafjallajökull and potentially other, similar volcanoes around the world. The project was led by Dr. Daniel Morgan, from the School of Earth and Environment at Leeds, Prof. Thorvaldur Thordarson of the University of Iceland and Dr. Sue Loughlin of the BGS, and studied the chemical patterns inside the crystals that Eyjafjallajökull spat out over the course of March and April 2010.


24 May 2018

Cornish lithium, a crucial material for electric car batteries, is being prospected for from space - an unobtrusive method of mining exploration. A team of data scientists at the Satellite Applications Catapult is leading a new study, funded by Innovate UK, to see if it is possible to detect a lithium 'fingerprint' from space by imaging vegetation and minerals on the ground using satellites.


14 May 2018

The Midlands Soil Discussion Group (MSDG) is a division of the British Society of Soil Science. Now in its seventh year, MSDG meets annually at select venues across the region to discuss all things soil science. This year’s meeting was appropriately held at the British Geological Survey (BGS) centre in Keyworth, Nottinghamshire to discuss the link between soils and geology.


11 May 2018

An international collaboration of scientists, has investigated Earth's climate over half a billion years ago by combining climate models and chemical analyses of fossil shells about 1mm long. The research was carried out as an international collaboration involving scientists from the University of Leicester, British Geological Survey, and CEREGE (France). This collaboration brought together expertise in geochemistry, palaeontology and climate modelling to tackle this longstanding problem.


9 May 2018

Two British scientific agencies have submitted plans to explore the potential of disused coal mines for providing geo-thermal energy to homes in Glasgow. It is one of two sites proposed in the £31 million UK Geoenergy Observatories Project led by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the UK’s main agency for funding environmental sciences, and the British Geological Survey (BGS), the UK’s principal provider of impartial geological evidence.


2 May 2018