Black Country and Staffordshire feel tremors of 4.4 magnitude Welsh natural disaster

by Joy Montgomery February 18, 2018, 6:04
Black Country and Staffordshire feel tremors of 4.4 magnitude Welsh natural disaster

A magnitude 4.4 quake felt in parts of Britain Saturday was its strongest in a decade.

The quake, which measured 4.7 on the Richter scale, happened at 2:31pm around eight miles from Swansea in South Wales.

The School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University Tweeted: "Bangor region of north Wales just experienced an earth tremor".

The natural disaster occurred at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at depth of 4.5 miles about 12.5 miles northeast of Swansea, according to the BGS.

There have been no reports of serious damage or injuries.

It said "events like this magnitude only happen in the United Kingdom every 3-5 years".

Very quickly after the quake, Brits took to Twitter to post pictures and videos about the "tragic" seismic event - with their tongues firmly in their cheeks.

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The club said on Twitter: "43' - temporary stop in play".

A spokesman for the BGS said: "It was a reasonably-sized natural disaster".

"The ground moved quite alarmingly and, at first, it was not clear exactly what it was and inquiries were made with the emergency services to check if there had been a gas explosion or water burst underground".

Tina Anton wrote on Twitter: "Just had a tremor as in natural disaster in Cornwall! The whole building just shook!??"

The 21-year-old said: "We heard the noises before we felt the rumble, and then the house shook for a couple of seconds before it stopped".

But not everyone felt the earth move, with others complaining they had missed it.


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