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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale.
The East Midlands has experienced a significant earthquake ` the
strongest quake to hit the UK this year. There have been several
tremors in the region in recent years. But this one ` with its
epicentre in Rutland ` was among the biggest ` with a magnitude of 3.2.
Sarah Teale reports. The peace and tranquillity of the
Rutland and Leicestershire countryside was rocked just after
7am. This was the cause, an earthquake measuring magnitude three
point two. Rhian Ivory and her family said it sided like a lorry
had crashed into the bungalow. `` sounded. It sounded like the war
was shaking behind me. It was a sound and vibration as well. My
eldest one thought it might have been a bomb. I heard sort of
rumbling sound, and it shook my bed. The epicentre was at Oakham and
originated 2.5 miles below ground. Many took to social media
afterwards, including Austin Healey retweeted, we have just had an
earthquake, the House was shaking for about ten seconds. Tremors were
felt up to 20 miles away. It felt almost like an explosion, but
without the sound, or something hitting the sound rather as Mac
hating the House rather than like `` rather than rumbling or shaking. It
was a strange sound, I knew it wasn't quite right because in a
quiet location like this you do not hear that sort of thing.
The last significant earthquake hit market raisin in 2008, with the
magnitude of 5.2. That was felt across the East Midlands and caused
damage to many houses. Earthquakes are not that uncommon in
the UK. The British Geological Survey says it has reports of about
three per year in this country, and it says it will be investigating the
cause of this latest one. They occur as a result of the
adjustment `` adjustments `` the adjustments that `` the adjustments
to the wider stresses the UK feels. We experience unlike `` a slight
squeezing as a result of the mid`Atlantic Ridge. There is no way
of predicting when the earth will move for East Midlands as again. ``
East Midlanders. Police searching for a soldier who
went missing as he tried to swim across a river in York have found a
body. 18`year`old Tyler Pearson from
Nottingham was last seen in the River Ouse a fortnight ago.
Signaller Pearson's family has been told of the discovery.
A 47`year`old workman's being treated in hospital after falling
from scaffolding in Derby. Members of the Health and Safety
Executive have been at the scene near The Spot in the city centre.
During the incident this morning, the man ` who's not yet been named `
fell about 15 feet onto a wooden platform. He suffered multiple
injuries. New research has identified a slump
in the economic recovery of one East Midlands city. There's been a big
increase in the number of businesses in Nottingham said to be in
"critical financial distress". As our political editor John Hess
explained earlier, it's the construction industry that's really
struggling. I think many viewers will think this
is a bit of a turn up, because all the recent political rhetoric from
the Prime Minister and the Chancellor has been about the
economic revival, and yet only yesterday we were reporting an
increase in unemployment in the East Midlands, and this survey which
covers the first quarter of this year seems to indicate that
Nottingham's economic recovery is spluttering as well, that is also
against the trend. The problem seems to be in the city's construction
sector, there has been a 16% increase in business is facing
financial problems, four times higher than the rest of the
Midlands. These figures come from a company whose business is to rescue
firms which go bust. In the past, the East Midlands has been a better
performer compared to the rest of the country. Any weakening in the
position can be over exaggerated. As we sit at the moment, I am not
seeing any particular worsening compare to everybody else, although
all figures seem to show that construction has been a problem.
Looking at it from the point of view of maybe being caused by bad
weather, the bad weather's been bad around the country and may be worth
down south. `` worse down south. Last summer there was that ringing
endorsement from the new Governor of the Bank of England about the East
Midlands economy, and its importance to the rest of the country. This is
a real bellwether for the UK economy, and it is in regions such
as this and industries such as those that will determine the course of
this recovery. Tonight the business organisation that's responsible for
economic regeneration, the local enterprise partnership, it accepts
that growth isn't even, and says that inevitably there will be
challenges to overcome. It has actually published a special plan to
help the construction sector. Let us just hope it is waterproof.
The funeral of the Leicester author Sue Townsend will take place at De
Montfort Hall on May second. The creator of the teenage character
Adrian Mole died aged 68 after a short illness. Relatives are asking
for donations to be made to the Rainbows Children's Hospice in
Loughborough, and the stroke wards at Leicester Royal Infirmary.
The Peak District is to become the first national park in the UK ` and
only the third in the world ` to have its trails viewable on the
internet. Walkers will soon be able to see
such sites as the Derwent Dams and the Monsal Head viaduct, along with
some of the famous rock edges popular with climbers. The same
technology was used recently to record an online tour of towpaths
running along the region's canals. running along the region's
That is your news, here's your weather forecast.
It was such a cloudy day today, but we are now trying `` starting to see
this skies clearing, and we are in for another cold night. The
temperatures dropping to a minimum of around three or four Celsius in
the towns and cities. At least a bright start to the day once again,
and it is going to be a fine day for Good Friday. A little bit of cloud
coming in from the North Sea, and it is a north`easterly breeze. A
maximum daytime temperature of 12 Celsius. A decent day in store for
Saturday as well. If you have any plans out doors, Good Friday and
Saturday over two days to go for. Although Saturday, a little bit more
cloud around. itself across southern England, so
we will see wet weather over England. Have a good Easter.
One thing we can be sure about is it won't be as cold as Easter last
year, when we had seems like this, a covering of snow with icicles and
temperatures down to an Easter record of minus 12.5 Celsius. One
year and a couple of weeks on, things look very different. The
first half of the Easter weekend, a lot of dry weather and a lot of warm
and strong sunshine as well. It is the second half of the Easter
weekend when things turn more unsettled, with some rain around. A
few showers today