Today's natural disaster in England and Wales: Massive for British standards

Feb 18, 2018, 06:04
Today's natural disaster in England and Wales: Massive for British standards

The quake with a 4.4 magnitude struck 12 miles north of Swansea with experts reporting it is the biggest in the United Kingdom for a decade.

The British Geological Survey said on Twitter that an natural disaster of that magnitude occurs in Britain about every two or three years.

Many people took to Twitter to ask "what was that?" So far, no injuries have been reported.

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One football match at Port Talbort was stopped for a time while the tremors eased. "The whole building just shook!??"

Bryan Jones, 72, of Treorchy, Rhondda Cynon Taff, said: "It was like a tremor but it was quite frightening for my granddaughter - she swore a little bit and my wife got up asking 'What was that?'"

Tyler Mears, who lives 30 miles north of the quake's epicenter in Rhondda, South Wales, said when her house began to shake she initially thought of many causes, but it didn't occur to her that it could be an natural disaster.

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Shaking was reported across south Wales, as well as the south west of England and the Midlands.

"It was quite frightening and a number of people went out of their homes to investigate", he said.

Twitter users described their surprise as the aftershock was felt over a hundred miles away.

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He said it was "relatively shallow" for a larger British quake; they are usually around 15-20km deep. Lasted a few seconds'. You can let us know by popping your comments into the link below.

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