News stories about BGS

A selection of recent news, that includes mentions of the British Geological Survey, reported in online news websites. Click on a heading link to read the full article.



Experts now believe the government should consider adding tsunamis to the National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies. Professor David Tappin of the British Geological Survey said knowing more about how disasters happen is crucial to national security.He said: “If you plan for such events before you start building, you can protect against them.”


5 December 2016

Two years after the Stone’s return to Scotland, permission was given for British Geological Survey staff to conduct a technical examination of the Stone. The survey team carried out the works locked inside the Crown Room of Edinburgh Castle. The geological results were conclusive and confirmed that the Stone was made from Old Red Sandstone quarried in the vicinity of Scone.


30 November 2016

Agencies investigating a giant sinkhole in Ripon are looking at temporary solutions which might allow residents to return to affected homes. A spokesperson for Harrogate Borough Council stated: “An assessment of the ground conditions by the British Geological Survey on Friday (November 11) ascertained that the sinkhole remains a risk, and there is the potential for further slippage around the hole.


15 November 2016

A large hole that appeared behind a row of houses was in one of the UK's most susceptible areas for sinkholes, the British Geological Survey has said. Experts are still examining data from the site behind the houses in Magdalen's Road but, releasing its initial findings, the BGS said sinkholes were often caused by surface water penetrating the ground, or fluctuations in groundwater levels.


12 November 2016

Seven houses were evacuated after a sinkhole "with an unknown depth" appeared in gardens. After the 2014 partial house collapse, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said gypsum under the town had dissolved to form a maze-like cave system. It said in a report that sinkholes appeared in Ripon every two or three years in the 1980s and 1990s but there had not been any reported in the seven years before the 2014 event.


10 November 2016

The Scottish government wants the public to say whether the controversial oil and gas extraction technique - known as fracking - should take place in Scotland. To help people decide, it commissioned a number of expert reports. Understanding and monitoring induced seismic activity (By the British Geological Survey)


8 November 2016

Recent centuries have seen a big jump in the rates of erosion in the iconic chalk cliffs on England's south coast. A new study finds that for thousands of years the rocks were being beaten back by the waves at perhaps 2-6cm a year. The research, led from the British Geological Survey and conducted by Martin Hurst and colleagues, is reported in the leading American journal, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


7 November 2016

A HUGE earthquake hit a mountainous region in central Italy this morning, just days after the area was hit by two other earthquakes. The British Geological Survey (BGS) said that an "earthquake belt runs north-south through the Apennine Mountains along the spine of Italy".BGS earthquake seismologist Dr Margarita Segou said that the latest earthquake is thought to have been “triggered” by the deadly 6.2 magnitude earthquake in August.


30 October 2016

Cornwall has been struck by a 2.3 magnitude earthquake, with the centre of the quake at Liskeard. Kirstin Lemon, of the British Geological Survey, said the quake of this size was unusual for Cornwall adding that scientists hoped to have more details soon.


27 October 2016

A “PIONEERING” research centre for earth and marine science officially opened at a Scottish university.The £21 million Lyell Centre, at Heriot-Watt in Edinburgh, brings together the expertise of the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the university’s academic work to ensure future generations of researchers can meet the “global science and technology challenges facing the world”.


19 October 2016