"Massive" Earthquake Hits Britain

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Localised mainly to Swansea, Wales, and parts of South-West England, a 4.2 magnitude earthquake has struck the UK, with the US Geological Survey saying that the seismic event struck at a depth of 11 kilometres.

Along with those in Swansea, people in Bristol and Cornwall claimed to have felt the tremor, taking to social media to share their experiences.

Baglan resident Meyrick Sheen told Wales Online:

We have lived here for 40 years and we have never experienced anything like this before, it felt like a massive explosion under ground.

The walls shook, the lights flashed and the pictures were shaking. It was frightening.”

To put the earthquake into context, in 1994 a 6.4 magnitude quake his Southern California, leaving 60 people dead and causing an estimated $44 billion in damages.

Ann Lewis, from Aberdare, also told the newspaper:

I’m just a bit shook up, it was very strange. I’ve got quite a lot of glass furniture that was not cheap, so I hope it does not happen again.

Glass furniture? Like chairs?

Apparently people were worried enough to get a hold of the boys in blue, but they couldn’t really explain the seismic activity, understandably…

It did get a good response though…

This earthquake is only fifth on the most powerful earthquakes to hit the UK since 2000, with the strongest one we’ve been dealt being the 5.2 tremor that was registered in Lincolnshire in 2008.

But the UK gets more earthquakes than you might expect, with the British Geological Survey saying:

Between 200 and 300 earthquakes are detected and located in the UK, by the British Geological Survey annually.

Although distant from the nearest plate boundary, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, earthquakes occur as crustal stresses within the tectonic plates are relieved by movement occurring on pre-existing fault planes.

The risk from these earthquakes is not insignificant and must be considered when engineering for sensitive installations.”

I think we’ll all be fine. Get a cup of tea or a pint and wait for it to all blow over.

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