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.



Two new seismic stations are being built in Surrey this week, to record the earth's movements in the wake of recent tremors. Seven earthquakes were detected by the British Geographical Survey (BGS) since April around Dorking and Crawley. The BGS said it was aiming to better understand the cause of the quakes, by putting stations close the area of activity.


11 July 2018

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano continued to eject a continuous stream of lava and a crest of ash. In search of solutions to proactively identify impending disasters, scientists are looking towards technological solutions - and data management in particular. A team of volcanologists from the University of Leeds, Iceland and the British Geological Survey are analysing data collected from the crystals that were flung out during the early stages of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption.


6 July 2018

Scientists think they have found a smart way to constrain carbon dioxide emissions – just turn them to stone. Christopher Rochelle is an expert on CCS at the British Geological Survey. He said this underlined the importance of moving beyond modelling and lab studies to real-world demonstrations. Only by doing this can the technology readiness be properly assessed.


6 July 2018

A seventh earthquake in just over 12 weeks has struck in Surrey in what has been described as a "swarm" of tremors. It was the third tremor in nine days and the fourth reported to the British Geological Survey (BGS) since 1 April, but seismologist David Galloway said there had been a total of seven. The BGS said evidence pointed towards a natural cause.


5 July 2018

Houses and furniture shook when an earthquake hit Surrey and West Sussex earlier. Scientists from the British Geological Survey (BGS) said the 2.6-magnitude tremor was felt in Newdigate, Charlwood and Crawley. Describing the quake as "small", Sarah Nice from the BGS said Gatwick Airport staff probably would not have realised it had happened.


28 June 2018

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