Small natural disaster that hit Britain was strongest for 10 years

The seizemology graph from the British Geological Survey shows the size of this afternoon's earthquake in south Wales
The seizemology graph from the British Geological Survey shows the size of this afternoon's earthquake in south Wales
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18 February, 2018

A 4.4-magnitude natural disaster shook South Wales Saturday, rattling buildings and startling residents throughout the coastal towns where quakes are uncommon.

Early indications state the quake had a magnitude of 4.7 and was recorded at 2.31pm.

The British Geological Survey has confirmed the epicentre was about 20km north of Swansea in Wales.

"Events as large as this only happen every 3-5 years in the United Kingdom", the BGS posted on Twitter. At first, many weren't sure if they had experienced an natural disaster.

EMSC wrote on Twitter: "No damage is reported and if any should remain very limited".

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It was felt around the west of England and Wales.

Mountain Ash Golf Club reported a trophy was dislodged from its cabinet.

Gareth Rhys, who was in Cardiff when the quake hit, said the "whole room shook".

"The whole building just rocked", said a tweet from the club in Rhondda Cynon Taff.

Twitter users described their surprise as the aftershock was felt over a hundred miles away. You can let us know by popping your comments into the link below.


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