The UK was rocked by an Earthquake on Friday night, with people reporting “shaking” from South Wales to the west midlands. The British Geological Survey said the Earthquake had a depth of 3.6k 2.2 miles and happened at 11.59 pm on Friday. Its epicenter was Brynmawr in Blaenau Gwent, approximately 12 miles away from Merthyr Tydfil.
Google’s Android Earthquake Alerts System said the quake was 4.2 magnitude, while the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) put it at 3.8 magnitude.
Many reported feeling the walls of their homes “shaking”, while others claimed the earthquake was reminiscent of a bomb going off.
Jason Humphrys wrote: “I heard a loud bang that sounded like a bomb just went off then my entire kitchen shook, my cat was frightened – it was weird, it only lasted seconds but it left an impact.”
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the Earthquake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicentre. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows etc.
Other towns or cities near the epicentre where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Newport