The earth moved for them

Headlands School'Russell Blease 17, David Turner 18 pictured with the Quake monitor at the school which detected the two earth quakes in two weeks in the UK'PA1102-16

Headlands School'Russell Blease 17, David Turner 18 pictured with the Quake monitor at the school which detected the two earth quakes in two weeks in the UK'PA1102-16

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WHEN the earth moved in Yorkshire and even Japan, Headlands School students were on hand to record it.

Although the epicentre of the earthquake earlier this month was more than 60-miles away in Ripon, a seismometer donated to the school by Leeds University picked up the vibrations.

Year 12 students Russell Blease and David Turner were excited to discover that the seismometer had also picked up several other earthquakes throughout December - including one in Cumbria and, amazingly, one which originated from Japan.

Dr Harron, head of science at Headlands School, said that the Japanese earthquake was ‘a thousand times bigger than the Cumbrian quake’ on the same day but that the shock waves had spread out by the time they reached Headlands’ detector.

“We would not have noticed the ground moving up and down so slowly by the time they reached us, however the seismometer measured everything so we were very lucky to capture both events on the same day,” he said.