Last week’s then-record ‘induced’ quake of 1.6 on Richter scale dwarfed by new record quake today
Last week, the SKWAWKBOX published video of LibDem leader Jo Swinson squirming as she attempted to defend a donation of £14,000 that she had received from a director of a company with multiple fracking licences. It looked appalling in the aftermath of a new record was set that day for a fracking-induced earthquake of 1.6 magnitude on the Richter Scale.
But this week, that record was smashed by a new record at the same site – a quake with a magnitude of 2.9.
While the almost-doubling of the Richter measurement looks bad enough, the logarithmic nature of the scale means that the new quake was very nearly twenty times bigger than last week’s then-record.
If Swinson’s acceptance of the donation from a director of Warwick Energy, which holds multiple UK fracking licences – and her attempt to defend it – looked bad last week, it looks disastrous now:
Even the fracking company involved in the Blackpool site admitted structural damage to local properties is likely if the trend continues.
Labour has said that it will ban fracking, while the Tories continue to push its escalation.
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