The earthquake in Italy overnight was measured at Carisbrooke Castle Museum.
The Carisbrooke Castle Museum is home to a sensitive seismometer, currently the only one working on the Isle of Wight. They receive recordings of earthquakes from across the world – the Japanese earthquake of 2011 was so powerful, it actually shut their machine down. Graham Petrie is a volunteer at Carisbrooke Castle Museum:
“The seismometer is one of the features of the museum at Carisbrooke Castle. In the early days, it was invented by Professor John Milne and the seismometer is currently the only one working on the Isle of Wight. Because John Milne lived locally in Shide, we have a modern version of the earthquake recording device here and as soon as an earthquake comes in, I look at it and I then copy it and put it on display in our room at the museum.”
Carisbrooke Castle Museum is not part of English Heritage, but is housed at the popular attraction and is open between 10am and 4.45pm each day until 31st October. The earthquake in Italy overnight measured 6.2 on the Richter scale in magnitude. So far 73 people are known to have lost their lives and thousands havehave been made homeless. The search for survivors continues.