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Another earthquake, what is actually going on?

What is causing these quakes?



Another rubble through the buildings and reports of shaking as yet another tremor was felt across Crawley and Gatwick.

Matt Bassler who was in his office in Manor Royal said:

“Everyone in the office felt the room shake and our first thoughts were a large lorry was passing by, but it soon became obvious that it was a lot more.”

Immediately after the quake social media lit up as people started reporting their experiences.

The quake once again originated in Newdigate, Surrey at a depth of 3 miles and measured a magnitude of 3.1.

With several quakes in the past few weeks originating from the same epicentre questions are now being asked as to exactly what is going on.


A lot of residents have questioned the use of fracking and whether this has been the cause.

But what exactly IS fracking?

“One theory is that whilst natural earthquakes occur as plates slip it is not actually the fracturing of the rocks that is causing the quakes, but in-fact the water that is used.”

Fracking is where a mixture of high-pressure water, sand and chemicals are ‘injected’ into rock that has been reached through drilling down into the earth.

Because of the high pressure used this in-turn releases the gases that are being harvested.

Hence the term fracking which means ‘fracturing’ of the rock.

But how would this cause an earthquake?

One theory is that whilst natural earthquakes occur as plates slip it is not actually the fracturing of the rocks that is causing the quakes, but in-fact the water that is used.

The water causes the rocks to become lubricated which is allowing them to move more easily.

But whatever the reason or the cause scientists say we don’t need to start running under tables just yet.


Crawley School raises an incredible £13,250 for local charity

Oriel High School students raised the huge sum through a charity walk.



Oriel High School students chose The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre which is attached to Crawley Hospital as their chosen charity for their sponsored walk this year.

The students managed to raise an astounding £13,250.

Alyson Smith, Fundraising manager for Olive Tree Cancer Support was presented with a cheque with more money still coming in.

Alyson said:

“As a small charity this is such amazing news to us. The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre is a small, independent charity based in Crawley which has provided free support, advice, friendship and therapies to thousands of people in the local area and is a hugely valuable and much appreciated resource.

The Olive Tree, which began as a small cancer support group over 21 years ago in Crawley, provides a haven: somewhere to go and be with people who understand and can help. Our team of 85 volunteers offers free information, advice and therapeutic care to support all those affected by cancer from the point of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. The Olive Tree supports the friends, families and carers as well as the individual experiencing cancer.”

The charity offer complementary and emotional support therapies. They say the complementary therapies can help to reduce stress, alleviate the side effects of cancer treatments and enhance feelings of well-being. They also offer acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage, reflexology, craniosacral therapy and Reiki.

Their emotional support is offered through counselling, art counselling, coaching, hypnotherapy and mindfulness workshops and they also run several support groups, which provide an informal environment for people to come together and support.

The charity also point out that their range of services is continually evolving and currently includes yoga, singing workshops, and a wig scheme.

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