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4.1 earthquake in Devon?!

British earthquake

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is reporting that an earthquake measuring 4.1 hit Devon at 1:21 p.m. BST today.

Tremors were felt in areas including Dartmoor, Bristol, Taunton, Swansea, Llanelli, Barnstable, Gloucester and South Molton.

What in the world is going on? I’m still trying to get over Devon images like this. Waves hitting our favorite quiet seaside Devon town of Teignmouth:

Devon waves

And the flooding in Dawlish:

Dawlish

* Sigh *

All shook up

Bodmin - Before Earthquake

Bodmin - After Earthquake

An earthquake in Cornwall? Who knew?

Well, apparently they do happen – and one  struck  the town of Bodmin early Sunday morning, registering 2.2 and lasting a few seconds, according to news reports.

I’ve lived through quite a few earthquakes here in California, but can’t recall anything along a 2.2. It’s the kind of geologic activity that probably doesn’t make big news here and makes me realize that I really am a hardened Californian at heart. I can’t help referencing the earthquake scene in “L.A. Story.”