A 4.7 earthquake struck the Swansea area of Wales on Saturday afternoon causing buildings to shake across Merseyside.
Thousands of people of people across the region took to social media to report the tremors which were felt right across the country.
Residents in Liverpool and Wirral reported TV’s falling off stands and one person even said that the whole of the Hilton Hotel started ‘shaking violently’.
— Tim Johnson (@timimjohnson) February 17, 2018
I was on the fourth floor of the World Museum in Liverpool as the quake struck and felt rumbling and vibrating through the floors.
The British Geological Survey confirmed that the epicentre of the earthquake was in Swansea in Wales, measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale and struck around 2:31pm
Just in: Event epicentre approx 20km NNE of Swansea, with 4.4 magnitude at a depth of 7.4km. Events of this magnitude only happen in the UK every 2-3 years.
— BGS (@BritGeoSurvey) February 17, 2018
Geologists say that Earthquakes on this scale happen every 2-3 years in the UK and Saturday’s quake was the biggest in the area since 1906.
It has also been confirmed that it is the biggest onshore earthquake in the UK in a decade.
A Brit Geo spokesperson said it was “reasonably-sized” and that the effects had been felt as far afield as Devon and Birmingham.
“This is the largest earthquake in mainland UK since the 5.2 magnitude Market Rasen earthquake in 2008.”
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