Earthquake felt across parts of UK

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Image caption A seismometer shows the particular earth’s movements on Saturday mid-day

A minor earthquake with a 4. four magnitude has affected parts of Wales and England.

The quake was felt over-all of Wales, most of western Britain, as far east as London so that as far north as the southern advantage of the Lake District, the Uk Geological Survey (BGS) said.

The epicentre was around 20km north-north-east of Swansea with a depth of 7. 4km, it added.

There has been no reports of serious harm or injuries.

Events of this degree happen in the UK every three to five many years, the BGS said.

Roger Musson, from the BGS, mentioned it was the largest earthquake in landmass Britain for the last 10 years – since 1 with a magnitude of 5. two struck in 2008 in Marketplace Rasen, Lincolnshire .

He said it was “relatively shallow” for a larger British earthquake. They are usually around 15-20km deep.

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Media caption “The whole building shook”: Roxanne Woolhouse describes the tremor

Dyfed Powys Police force said it acquired received “an extremely high volume” of calls relating to tremors.

South Wales Police advised the public to avoid calling the crisis services unless it was to survey damage or injuries.

The particular tremors caused play to be organized at a Welsh Football League match up at Port Talbot, 10 kilometers from Swansea, as the town’s group faced Taff’s Well.

A tweet from Slot Talbot’s Twitter account said: “Temporary stop in play. A recorded earthquake in the area. Incredible. ”

Steven Clathworthy, who lives near Bridgend, southern Wales, said he heard the bang and the settee moved.

“All the nearby neighbours were out asking ‘what’s occurring? ‘” he said.

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Bryan Jones, 72, of Treorchy, Rhondda Cynon Taff, said: “It was just like a tremor but it was very frightening for my granddaughter — she swore a little bit and my partner got up asking ‘What is that? ‘”

‘The walls cracked’

Notara Sanderberg, from Croyde in northern Devon, said she felt the girl house shake.

“The neighbour’s horses bolted, ” the lady said.

“It was just a split second. We aren’t see anything damaged. ”

In Cheltenham, Paul Samway said it felt like “a washer breaking down”.

“We heard the walls crack plus there was a bit of juddering, ” this individual added.

“We believed nothing of it until we noticed reports from other people on social networking. ”

Image caption The epicentre was approximately 20km north-north-east associated with Swansea in south Wales

Louise Craig, from Connah’s Quay in northern Wales, said it was “the the majority of excitement I’ve had on a Sunday afternoon for a while”.

“I get a lot of fat wooden pigeons jumping up and down on our chimney and I first of all thought the particular noise was them but they should have put on a heck a lot of bodyweight to make the house shake, ” the girl told the BBC.

Donna Johnson in Caerphilly mentioned she was “really scared”.

“The house began rocking, and I said, ‘oh our god the house is falling down’. We have a bungalow, and there is certainly risk of subsidence here, inch she told the BBC.

“I ran outdoors – I was shaking like a leaf… The cat went outside prior to me, so she must have identified. ”

Sue Industry in Shifnal, Shropshire, said the lady felt the tremors from the girl armchair.

“I thought I’d had one a lot of wines for my birthday lunchtime, ” she said.