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.

A minor earthquake has been recorded in Gwynedd, the British Geological Survey has said. It was described as a "definite but indistinct low frequency audible rumble". It was of 2.7 magnitude - a level classed as only able to cause minor damage.

9 March 2018

A MASSIVE 5.3-magnitude earthquake has hit Papua New Guinea – raising fears that the Big One is about to hit the region. David Galloway, a seismologist at the British Geological Survey, has recently revealed fears the so-called Ring of Fire is about to “snap”. He said: "We expect a big one to happen in Japan and another one in California. Stress has been building up over the years."

6 March 2018

The news that Brits are living on shaky ground comes after a 4.6 quake struck in Wales last week, and was reported to be the strongest to have hit the UK in 10 years. The British Geological Survey has registered the specific location of the quake to be the village of Cwmllynfell near Swansea. BGS figures show that four others struck in Cwmllynfell the same day.

25 February 2018

Curling stones in the Olympics all come from the tiny Scottish island of Ailsa Craig. As the volcanic rock crystallized, it developed a strong, uniform surface. “When magma cools quickly, it creates very small crystals. These ones interlocked, and chemical bonds developed between them,” says Martin Gillespie, a geologist at the British Geological Survey.

24 February 2018

A guest blog from the British Geological Survey about the UK Geoenergy Observatories project. The project aims to create an observatory which will study the subsurface, in order to contribute to the responsible development of new energy technologies in the UK and internationally.

22 February 2018

Something stirred deep below the surface of a small village in the Upper Swansea Valley on Saturday afternoon which quite literally shook the world. According to the British Geological Survey (BGS), at 2.31pm on Saturday tectonic movements in the Earth’s crust, 7km below Cwmllynfell, took place resulting in an earthquake which measured 4.4 on the Richter scale. But why did it happen, and will there be more to come? The BGS has the answers.

19 February 2018

The largest earthquake to hit the UK for a decade has struck in Wales and been felt as far away as Birmingham, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has confirmed. The BGS said earthquakes of this magnitude occur in the UK around once every two to three years.

17 February 2018

Climate change is real. Demand for energy is relentless. Never has it been more important to find new clean, secure and affordable ways of powering our future. The £31m UK Geoenergy Observatories is such an investment. It will create two research sites in Cheshire and in Glasgow that will advance understanding across geological disciplines and provide real environments for studying potential energy technologies.

11 February 2018

Scientists understand that Earth’s magnetic field has flipped its polarity many times over the millennia. Many disaster scenarios associated with geomagnetic pole reversals in popular imagination are pure fantasy. When the last pole switch happened, “no worldwide shifting of continents or other planet-wide disasters occurred, as geoscientists can testify to from fossil and other records,” said Alan Thompson, head of geomagnetism at the British Geological Survey.

6 February 2018

Research into extracting the lithium from brine in the tin mines has been given £850,000 worth of funding. The new project will use satellites to analyse images geology and vegetation, picking out the best places for further exploration – and cutting down on costs. British mining company Cornish Lithium is taking part in the project with the state-backed Satellite Applications Catapult, along with the British Geological Survey, the Camborne School of Mines and North Coast Consulting.

25 January 2018