Expert says 'expect more earthquakes'

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GUERNSEY could be set for more earthquakes in the coming weeks, the British Geological Survey said yesterday.

Experts said there had already been nine aftershocks since the 4.2 magnitude quake on 11 July, with the largest of these tremors striking at 3.2 late on Wednesday afternoon.

Despite having registered 10 earthquakes in just 12 days, BGS assistant seismologist Julian Bukits said it was unlikely that the Channel Islands would be struck with a quake above the magnitude of 11 July.

'Aftershocks can go off for a couple of months or suddenly stop,' he said. 'There could be more earthquakes, but it could stop as suddenly as it started.

'It is impossible to predict.

'They can go up and down in magnitude. But it is highly unlikely to be bigger than 4.2 and that is because most of the energy has been released.'

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