Earthquake in UK: Three aftershocks strike today after tremor hits Swansea in Wales

Saturday, February 17, 2018
By Paul Martin

UK EARTHQUAKE experts say there were three significant aftershocks following todays 4.4M quake near Swansea, which affected a large swathe of the country, shaking buildings and sending objects tumbling to the floor.

Sat, Feb 17, 2018

The initial quake, initially thought to be 4.7 on the Richter scale but later reduced, hit at around 2.31pm around 20km from Swansea.

According to the UK Earthquake Bulletin, that was swiftly followed by three aftershocks in close proximity.

The first and largest one was felt at around 2.35pm.

There was a small tremor again around five minutes later.

And that was followed by another large one at 3.09pm.

Today‚Äôs quake is the sort of event which happens only once “every two or three years”, experts have said.

The British Geographical Survey (BGS) said the epicentre was 20km (12 miles) north of Swansea, with a 4.4 magnitude at a depth of 7.4km (4.6m).

A BGS tweet added: “Events of this magnitude only happen in the UK every 2-3 years.”

People across south Wales and south west England said they felt the earthquake this afternoon.

James Leonard wrote on Twitter: “Wow was that an earthquake in Swansea my house just shook earthquake.”

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