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The Caralee, which caught the 7ft mine in its nets

An ‘earthquake’ measuring 3.0 on the richter scale was picked up off the coast of the Isle of Wight by seismographs across the world today (Sunday) – but all is not as it seems.

The controlled detonation of a 2000lbs sea mine off The Needles this morning was so powerful that the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program picked up the explosion, classifying it as a minor earthquake.

As previously reported by Island Echo, the Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team from Portsmouth arrived in the Solent yesterday after a fishing trawler managed to grab an unforgettable catch – a German wartime sea mine measuring 7ft in length.

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Failed detonations of the device pushed the big bang back until 10:50 this morning. The controlled explosion by the bomb disposal experts was a success and created an almighty blast – as captured on camera by the Navy’s Southern Diving Unit 2.

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