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Earthquake in Bristol Channel sends tremors to Somerset and Devon
Updated 5:20pm Thursday 20th February 2014 in News
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- Earthquake recorded under the Bristol Channel, the British Geological Survey say.
- The 4.1 magnitude quake happened at about 1.20pm.
- The epicentre was north of Ilfracombe, Devon, and was at a depth of 3.1 miles.
- People in Bridgwater and Taunton say they felt tremors.
SEISMOLOGISTS say the world experiences around 5,500 of this sized earthquakes in the world every year.
THE last earthquake in the UK was yesterday (February 19) in the Irish Sea.
It measured 1.2 on the Richter scale.
@GazetteDMilli it made the ornaments wobble in Blackbrook area of #Taunton— @JulieMunckton 20 February 2014
LACEY Sear, of Taunton, said her sofa started 'wobbling'.
She added: "It sounded like the house had been thumped, but realised I was vibrating."
THE earthquake is thought to be the biggest in the UK since February 2008, when a 5.2 quake hit Market Rasen, in Lincolnshire.
SUSANNAH Grant told the County Gazette: "I was very aware of the movement for a few seconds but I am sure that has something to do with being in a 2nd floor flat."
EXPERTS in earthquakes say they do not expect any significant damage to be caused by today's tremor.
Earthquake rocks flood inundated Somerset today where tsunami hit in 1607, on the spot where new nuclear Hinkley station is planned— @PaulFlynnMP 20 February 2014
DID you feel the earthquake? If so, contact the newsroom on 01823-365210 or via Facebook or Twitter @GazetteDMilli
I am in Ilminster Somerset and felt it, I thought someone was downstairs trying to break in! #earthquake— @MarshaMiles17 20 February 2014
Earthquake centred in Bristol Channel felt in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Wales. Don't they have enough with the flooding?— @Infotainer48 20 February 2014
After the floods, an earthquake in Somerset this afternoon! The earth didn't move for me but it did for some. #somersetearthquake— @57deacon 20 February 2014
THIS British Geological Society map shows all recorded seismicity within a 50km radius of the epicentre:
THE tremour is one of nine around the world in the last 24 hours to reach a magnitude greater than 4.
THE worst earthquake on record in the UK was one of 6.1 in the Dogger Bank area of the North Sea in 1931.
THE British Geological Survey says earthquakes of magnitude 4 are felt roughly every two years in the UK.
Stronger tremours of magnitude 5 hit the UK every 10-20 years.
THIS map was produced by experts at the British Geological Society, showing the location of the earthquake:
So, who in South West felt this #earthquake then? We felt a small tremor here in our Taunton offices! http://t.co/J5A9Kkx9OE— @WRFCA 20 February 2014
Blimey, that was odd. Sofa started wobbling slightly. #earthquake in #Taunton— @laces44 20 February 2014
REPORTS on Twitter talked of one building in Bridgwater "swaying" during the quake while others said it was felt as far away as Taunton.
AN earthquake was recorded under the Bristol Channel, the British Geological Survey has confirmed.
The 4.1 magnitude quake happened at about 1.20pm and the epicentre was north of Ilfracombe, Devon, and south of the Gower, in Wales, and was at a depth of 3.1 miles (5km).
PEOPLE across Somerset say they felt the effects of a 4.1 magnitude earthquake in the Bristol Channel.