Wales hit by 3.8 magnitude midnight earthquake
- Wales has been hit with an earthquake which caused houses to shake
A 3.8 magnitude earthquake has hit Wales this evening, causing houses to shake and felt right through the West Midlands.
The quake struck the Rhondda Valley just before midnight, sparking panic as locals reported their beds started to move and walls shook.
Resident Steve Pither said: ‘Made the bed shake here in the Rhondda, thought I was going nuts.’
The quake was recorded as being of a 3.8 magnitude, at a depth of one mile, the British Geological Survey reported.
A 3.8 magnitude earthquake has hit Wales this evening, causing houses to shake and felt right through the West Midlands
Another local said: ‘We just had an earthquake in South Wales , first one I’ve ever felt… thought there was someone trying to break into my house.’
A third wrote: ‘We felt our whole bed move. Inexplicably. Google tells us there was an earthquake in South Wales.’
‘Our house shook in Tredegar, crazy.’
Other reports of the earthquake filtered in from residents in Liverpool, Birmingham, Cardiff, Merthyr, Shropshire and Somerset.
The furthest testimony recorded on the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre website was 193km away in Nottingham.
‘Felt in Nottingham, bed shaking,’ the person wrote.
Others nearer to the epicentre said the vibrations only seemed to last a couple of seconds at most, and caused more confusion than damage.