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Earthquake rattles Buxton amid Storm Henk chaos: 2.5 magnitude tremors felt near Town Centre

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Town grapples with dual disasters as earthquake strikes during Storm Henk’s rampage

Buxton, a quaint town in Derbyshire, faced an unusual double threat as a 2.5 magnitude earthquake struck at 5:30 pm today, adding to the chaos already unleashed by Storm Henk. The earthquake, with its epicentre just 2.5 km northwest of the town, was at a shallow depth of 3 km.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) reported the minor quake, noting that it was unlikely to have been noticed by the public due to its relatively small magnitude. Despite the seismic event, residents are now contending with the aftermath of both the earthquake and the storm, which prompted forecasters to issue a danger-to-life warning.

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As the nation grapples with the impact of Storm Henk, which brought 94mph winds and widespread devastation, Buxton residents found themselves facing an additional challenge with the unexpected earthquake. The dual disasters come as authorities urged Brits not to leave their homes during the storm, emphasizing the potential danger posed by the severe weather conditions.

In Orpington, south London, paramedics and firefighters responded to an incident where a woman was tragically crushed by a fallen tree. The London Fire Brigade has issued a plea for residents to stay indoors and travel only if necessary.

The Birmingham community witnessed a heroic act as a passer-by rescued a three-year-old child and a driver from a car submerged in floodwaters. The rescuer secured the vehicle to prevent it from being washed away. In Worcester, a father rescued an unresponsive woman from the freezing River Severn, showcasing the community’s resilience in the face of adversity.

Families at Billing Aquadrome in Northampton were compelled to abandon their caravans due to the torrid conditions, marking another poignant example of the challenges posed by both natural disasters.

As the cleanup efforts commence in Buxton and across storm-affected regions, the unexpected earthquake serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of natural events, pushing communities to display strength and solidarity in the face of adversity.

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