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    DR. C. DAVISON, author of “A History of British Earthquakes” and other important works on seismology, writes: “With the reports of the first day only before us, it is difficult to give a satisfactory account of the greatest earthquake that is known to have disturbed Great Britain, on June 7. It is clear from them, however, that the earthquake was not of British origin, and it is fortunate indeed that the epicentre of so strong a shock lay far out in the North Sea. For the exact position of the centre or of the region from which the first vibrations proceeded, we must rely almost entirely on seismographic evidence. Some slight damage, such as the fracture or overthrow of a few chimney-stacks, occurred at several places in the east of Yorkshire, such as Filey, Bridling-ton, Beverley, and Hull; at a few in the north of Norfolk, such as Wighton (near Wells), Cromer, and Sheringham. With materials so scanty, it is impossible to fix the epicentre with precision, but it may lie about lat. 54° N., long. 21/4° E., or about 115 miles east of Hornsea in Lincolnshire.”

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    [News and Views]. Nature 127, 901–906 (1931). https://doi.org/10.1038/127901a0

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