Earthquake!27th June 2015
We tend not to think of Britain as one of the shaky islands but in fact we do get earthquakes every few years. Mostly they are minor and they are never catastrophic but sometimes they can cause a bit of a stir.
The most famous event in the 18th century was the dual earthquake of 1750 on 8th February and the 8th of March respectively. A deluded guardsman predicted that, in another precisely 4 weeks (5th April) there would be a third event. Many of the more excitable citizens of the city made sure they were in the country on the day but there were no more earthquake events.
For a (more or less) complete list of earthquakes between 1700 and 1849, check out the new earthquakes page, here.