4.4 Magnitude Earthquake hits parts of UK

Hauwa Abubakar, UK

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A 4.4 magnitude Earthquake has hit parts of Wales and Northern England.

There were no casualties reported, but residents said they felt the ground shake and vibrate, while some reported cracks in the walls of their homes.

People in locations ranging from Cornwall to Liverpool have reported feeling the strong tremor.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk, David Carby from Llanedeyrn in Wales said:

‘I had just got in from work and fed my cat before sitting down. Suddenly she jumps on the sofa looking scared and that’s when it hit. It was a big shake or two and felt like the flat was moving sideways.’

Samira from Neath in Wales said to Metro.co.uk: ‘I felt the house shaking and my two dogs went absolutely nuts.

Mayor Sadiq Khan had to be handy with his fists growing up in London.

The US Geological Survey & British Geological Survey confirmed an earthquake of 4.4 magnitude was recorded at 2.31pm. The epicentre was northeast of Clydach, Wales.

The British Geological Survey said it was the biggest earthquake to hit the UK in ten years, adding there are often occurrences within three years.

It added that the epicenter of the quake was approximately 20km and at a depth of 7.4km

Swansea University was quickly evacuated as a result of the incident. So far there have been no reports of major damage or injuries.

South Wales Police called for calm and urged residents to report serious cases of injury.

 

Zainab Sa’id