earthquake felt by residents across the Burnham-On-Sea area
across the Burnham-On-Sea area felt the aftermath of a small earthquake
tremor in south Wales measuring around 4.4 on the Richter scale
occurred at 2.30pm.
in Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge, Brean, Brent Knoll, Berrow and West
Huntspill all reported to Burnham-On-Sea.com feeling it.
resident, Martin Smith, in Burnham said: "The whole house trembled
and shook for several seconds - we knew immediately there had been
a small earthquake."
local resident, Malcolm Ashton, reported that the tremor caused
his chair to move in Brent Knoll.
Timms added she "felt it in Westfield Road, Burnham - the house
shook, really weird."
MacDonald added: "It caused our caravan to shake," while
Susan Capel added that she "thought it was a train."
Toni Harper said he was in Burnham-On-Sea Hospital at the time and
hadn't felt a thing, while Caroline Hobson in the town added she
"felt left out" after also not feeling the quake.
earthquake was felt by millions of people across the UK as far away
as 200 miles from the epicentre in Cwmllynfell, Wales. It was the
strongest in South Wales in more than 100 years.
Fire and Rescue Service said it received at least five calls about
buildings being damaged in Bristol - and attended two to make sure
they were safe.
spokesperson said: "We have had a half a dozen calls to report
the earthquake. We have responded to one in the Bristol area to
give advice after concerns about structural damage."
attended the home in the Knowle area and made checks and couldnt
find any damage."
would encourage anyone with similar concerns, particularly if they
have issues with subsidence, to contact a structural engineer or
and Somerset Police said no injuries or significant damage had been
British Geological Survey said in a tweet that the magnitude was
4.4 and the epicentre was about 12 miles north-northeast of Swansea,
at a depth of about 4.5 miles.
added: "Events of this magnitude only happen in the UK every
It also tweeted: "This is the biggest event in the area since
the 5.2 magnitude earthquake in 1906."
Luckett, a seismologist with the British Geological Survey, said:
"This is the largest earthquake in mainland UK since the 5.2
magnitude Market Rasen earthquake in 2008."
magnitude was first estimated at 4.9, but was later revised to 4.4
by the British Geological Survey.
largest known UK quake ever recorded was in the North Sea, near
the Dogger Bank, in 1931. The 6.1-magnitude earthquake was 60 miles