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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.


Live or work in Ifield? Make sure you attend ‘Talk Ifield” Community Forum

Over one year after its successful re-launch in autumn 2017, the ‘Talk Ifield’ local community forum will be holding its next open public meeting from 7.00pm to 8.30pm on Monday 4th March 2019 at Elim Church, The Mardens, Ifield, Crawley RH11 0HD.



‘Talk Ifield’ was first established in 2013 as a neighbourhood forum, run by local people, for local people.

It offers an opportunity for people who live and work in Ifield to meet and share ideas for improving and developing the local community for the benefit of everyone.

Anyone who lives in, who works in, or who has an interest in Ifield is welcome to attend the open forum meetings.

This year they are delighted to announce their guest speaker on 4th March will be Crawley Borough Councillor Martin Stone, who will be giving a presentation and leading a discussion on the subject of ‘Crawley Museum, and a short history of Crawley and Ifield’.

Crawley has a rich and varied history dating back several centuries, and the new Museum has now become a focal point for anyone who is interested in the heritage of our town and its changing character over the years.

Martin has had a leading role in helping to establish the Museum and has himself also undertaken extensive research into the history of Ifield in particular.

Mark Sudan, Chair of the ‘Talk Ifield’ Management Committee, said:

“Very many people attended our last open forum meeting in September, and we enjoyed a most interesting presentation on maintaining our neighbourhood environment from the Borough Council officer responsible for leading that work.

We are now looking forward to our next forum meeting on 4th March, at which Cllr Martin Stone will be bringing us up to date on the new Crawley Museum, and sharing with us his own extensive knowledge and research into the history of Ifield in particular.

This will be a fascinating evening’s discussion, and we urge as many people as can do so, to come along and share the experience as Martin takes us on a unique journey through local history.”

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