February 29th, 2008 David
An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale struck East England at around 1am on the morning of Wednesday 27 February. Centred below Market Raisen in Lincolnshire, it was Britain’s strongest quake for over 25 years, lasting for as long as 10 seconds.
Compared to earthquakes in other parts of the world, this was hardly a serious event. One person was slightly injured when a chimney fell through his bedroom ceiling. But most of us simply wondered what that strange sensation was, and went straight back to sleep.
Thursdays are bell-ringing practice in our small Leicestershire village of Waltham on the Wolds. It was some 36 hours after the earthquake when they entered the church and found that one of the bells had been slightly dislodged. And that some rubble had fallen down from the tower.
But it was only in the cold light of Friday morning that closer examination revealed some serious damage to the 14th century spire.