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It is less so in the north between Shetland and the Norwegian coast where recent efforts by the UK Department of Energy and a Norwegian consortium have resulted in the installation of onshore and offshore stations. Even in this area, however, correlations between seismicity and structures can only be shown on a broad basis owing to the inaccuracies in the locations. There is negligible information on the depths of occurrence and on correlation with specific faults. In reply to Professor Finn's question: Yes.
The focal mechanisms are not consistent and include strike-slip, normal and thrust motions. Although there are few well-determined depths for British earthquakes the Lleyn events are thought to be unusually deep. They probably reflect a relatively deep transition between brittle and ductile zones in the North Wales crust which may be associated with a region of reduced heat flow. Carlisle 28. 8 ML Carlisle earthquake of 26 December, 1979, show mainly consistent P-wave polarities on the local network over a period of one year.
18. Even allowing for this detection bias, the most active part of the country is Scotland and north west England, with lesser activity extending south west through the Midlands into Wales. Apart from a cluster of activity in Cornwall only a few events of unspecified magnitude are shown to the south east of a line from Bristol to the Wash. This south eastern area is shown as the least active area of Britain, and although it is heavily populated it is also the part of the country that is 29 EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING IN BRITAIN least well monitored by seismograph stations, 19, The activity shown in Fig,l for Ireland is all of extremely low magnitude, and the fact that the earthquakes are shown at all reflects the sensitivity of the recording network operated by DIAS.