Earthquake hits UK: 4.7 magnitude quake hits Swansea, felt by 10million across England

Saturday, February 17, 2018
By Paul Martin

AN earthquake has hit the UK with thousands of people reporting tremors across England from as far as Cornwall to Liverpool. Its epicentre fell about eight miles northeast of Swansea city centre, according to the US Geological Survey, sparking an evacuation at Swansea University.

Sat, Feb 17, 2018

The EMSC, an independent scientific organisation based in Paris, said it measured 4.7 on the Richter scale, at a depth of 10km.

Tremors were felt up to 300km, 190 miles, from the epicentre. It is the fifth biggest earthquake ever recorded in the UK and the biggest to rock Britain in ten years.

EMSC estimated around 10 million people would have felt the quake, and some small aftershocks following the quake.

Dyfed-Powys Police in Wales confirmed the tremor had been felt in its control room and they were experiencing a high volume of calls in relation to the incident.

Swansea University was evacuated after the quake.

Port Talbot Town FC reported the earthquake temporarily stopped play.

The club wrote on Twitter: “43′ – temporary stop in play. A recorded earthquake in the area. Incredible.”

A local in Cheltenham, aged 32, told “It was like a big lorry bouncing past the house at speed.

“It sounded like an earthquake.”

Roger Heard, in Bradford upon Avon, told “Suddenly my chair was sliding from side to side. My wife and I ran outside, we found it very unnerving”.

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