Did you feel the earthquake? I also heard a rumble, a groan sort of, and the neighbour's dogs started barking and I could hear the seagulls madly squawking. Luckily I got a call in morning asking if I felt the earthquake and now I feel a little less mad. He lost his internet connection, too. Graham Johnson, who lives in Bedworth, Warwickshire, has been in touch to say he was woken up at the time of the quake by all his landline phones ringing continuously - then going completely dead. An earthquake of 4.2 magnitude has hit Kent, shaking buildings and waking up residents. More often than you might think, as these figures from the British Geological Survey show. "I actually thought it was an explosion of some sort and not an earthquake. And Barry Hunt, who lives in Faversham, reports: I was woken by a short graunching shudder. And Sarah Coleman said: "I slept through it and I heard about it on the news this morning. ITV. Earlier this month, Nepal was devastated by an earthquake measuring a huge 7.3 magnitude.. Kent woken up by 4.2 magnitude earthquake – but Twitter seems to be taking it in its stride with hilarious show of ‘solidarity’. “I’ve looked outside and all appears to be fine in the street. It shook everything - my bed was bouncing. Which is the largest earthquake on record to have hit Britain? Worst thing is I immediately went to Twitter to find out what was going on and for reassurance that I wasn't going crazy. Kent Earthquake 2015. For perspective, the recent quake in Nepal was 260,000 times bigger The earthquake hit Kent in the at 2.57.am on Friday. It lasted probably less than 10 seconds, but was pretty scary to be woken in such a way and I lay awake for nearly two hours wondering if I'd imagined it but was convinced I hadn't more so because of the door rattling. “Lying in bed when the house suddenly shook. What makes an earthquake "significant"? Will obviously see more later when it's lighter. Kent ) - - - - | Quakes (show) all >M3 >M4 >M5 >M6 M7+ / past 24h - past 48h - past week - past 2 weeks / Archive. The room was rocking side to side, it was a very weird, frightening experience. The vibrations felt like being on cruise ship when it comes onto port sideways. But where else have relatively big earthquakes occurred in the UK in the last eight years? 2015-12-30 07:39:29 UTC 52.4 km. "Earthquakes happen all over the UK - we get some 200 a year on average. It gave me a tremendous shock but my son didn't stir! The epicentre was 1.4 miles west of Ramsgate at a depth of 9.5 miles. "I woke up, nothing had happened so I went back to sleep. No damage that I can see. British Geological Survey. Can cause major damage to poorly-constructed buildings, but only over small regions. An earthquake measuring 4.2 in magnitude has shaken Kent. I was woken with a start by the tremor at 02.50ish this morning, felt our bed shaking and bedroom door rattling which was accompanied by what sounded like a distant thunder rumble. It felt like someone had slammed a sticking door very hard. A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has been felt in parts of Kent, England, about 100kms east of London. 22 May 2015. Other Kent residents tweeted their reactions after being woken by the tremors. #kent. 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Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Live scenes in Kent after they had a catastrophic earthquake! People in east Kent tell of tremors hitting just before 3am this morning. This image was taken from a seismic monitoring station in Elham, Kent. The largest earthquake within 30 miles of Kent, WA was a 6.8 Magnitude in 2001. Kent was last hit by an earthquake in March 2009, with experts recording a … It was very odd. Less than 3.5: Generally not felt, but recorded by earthquake monitoring equipment. He got up to make tea; he thought I was mistaken and that a burglar had climbed onto the scaffolding. The Kent earthquake was significantly smaller than that which caused widespread devastation and claimed thousands of lives in Nepal. It's fair to say the Kent earthquake was significantly smaller than that which caused widespread devastation and claimed thousands of lives in Nepal. Of those surveyed shortly after the earthquake, two-thirds reported that their windows rattled and one-third said their furniture shook. I had no idea what it was until I saw the news this morning. It was truly terrifying and, until I got affirmation on social media that it was indeed a tremor, it was very frightening. The BGS listed quotes from people who took part in the survey: The British Geological Survey (BGS) has already had 400 responses to an online "felt reports" survey from members of the public. “At 3am it’s normally quiet,” he told the Guardian. We've pulled together a full report on the earthquake that hit Kent early today - and explained why the tremor that shook the Garden of England became ripe for ridicule... Want to see how today's Kent earthquake compares to others in Britain in the last few years? This year was dominated by the earthquake in Nepal in April, with around 9,000 deaths. But now there are jokes about the joke on social media. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Police and the fire and rescue service had no reports of structural damage or injuries. The Kent earthquake early today is the biggest to hit Britain in seven years since a 5.2 magnitude quake struck Market Rasen, in Lincolnshire, on February 27, 2008. ", Muni Prasad described feeling this morning's earthquake in Ramsgate (PA), Bob Fludgate said: "I was woken up in the early hours as if a lorry had hit the house. Despite months spent in NZ this is my first one that I've felt. The whole house shook. See the live data from our seismic monitoring stations http://t.co/ego5yKQWeu This image is from Elham (ELSH) pic.twitter.com/Pygc39yqoM, Stop wasting billions on testing. The boyfriend's family said that the bed shook and they wondered what it was. Jump to Navigation Significant Earthquakes - 2015. Graph from a British Geological Survey monitoring station showing the Kent earthquake measuring magnitude 4.2. First published on Fri 22 May 2015 04.25 BST. GMT/UTC Time : 2015-05-22 01:52:17. The moment the earthquake hit was captured by the instruments on the Tempest gas turbine at the Discovery Park, in Sandwich. Quiz: just how weird was the Great Kent Earthquake of 2015? This morning’s earthquake is approx 25km north-east of the 28 April 2007 Folkestone earthquake which had a magnitude of 4.3 ML — BGS (@BritGeoSurvey) May 22, 2015 Today’s 4.2 magnitude Ramsgate earthquake is approx 260,000 times smaller than the 7.8 #NepalQuake event 3.5 to 5.4: Often felt, but rarely causes damage. The magnitude 4.2 earthquake was being investigated by seismologists at the British Geological Survey which said tremors had been felt in areas including Margate. There was a strange rumbling sound. pic.twitter.com/3NnZuqI6m6, Devastating #earthquake hits Kent pic.twitter.com/RihF9O64Ce, Reports are coming in of an #earthquake in #Kent last night. Residents tweeted their reactions after being awoken by the tremors. ", My god that earthquake has freaked me out! We instantly knew it was an earthquake. Scary stuff. I could feel everything shaking. Scary! "I've looked outside and all appears to be fine in the street. "Fortunately we do not live on the plate edges - for example the San Andreas fault in California can actually be seen at the surface, but the faults in the UK are blind and most earthquakes happen at a depth of between 5km and 25km. Social media users were quick to make light of the quake, jokingly posting "devastating scenes" of overturned wheelie bins and garden furniture with messages such as "We will rebuild". Thank god for 24 hrs news & social media to find out. Thank god for 24 hrs news & social media to find out.". That's the end of our live blog after the Kent earthquake - thanks for following. Magnitude 4.2 quake affects Canterbury, Margate and Whitstable, with people jolted from sleep and taking to social media to express their alarm, Fri 22 May 2015 07.16 BST Kent earthquake: Tremors measuring 4.3 on Richter scale violently shake homes ... May 22, 2015. The #KentEarthquake has left a path of overused tweets in its wake pic.twitter.com/FFfA1xGNOY, In Ramsgate, 42-year-old Muni Prasad was among the locals who reported being jolted from their beds in the middle of the night. The Kent earthquake overnight measured magnitude 4.2 on the Richter scale, the largest recorded in Britain since 2007. Here a few reports of rumbling noises created by the quake. This was the second earthquake … The tremor, which was recorded at a depth of 9.5 miles, struck west of … But tremors were felt across the Kent coast and throughout the region, as this map from the British Geological Survey shows. Share this Last updated: 22 May 2015, 10:10 BST I thought 'an earthquake' and I hadn't heard nothing. Susan Fry, who lives in Ramsgate near the epicentre of the quake, said she felt a "strange rumbling sound" at just before 3am. The earthquake overnight measured magnitude 4.2 on the Richter scale, the largest recorded in Britain since 2007. Our bedroom shutters rattled for 3 - 4 seconds - rather alarming! On Friday morning the world woke up to reports of an earthquake in Kent – and their Twitter feeds stuffed full of the same jokes endlessly retweeted. Musician Jake West was in his terraced house in Canterbury when he reported it started shaking. My wife and I jumped out of bed at 2 50 as our flat in Deal began to shake quite violently. So this is the biggest earthquake to hit Britain since a 4.3 magnitude quake in Folkestone in 2007. Vikki Petts said: "So we just had a 4.3 magnitude earthquake in Kent and my housemates slept through the entire thing. "This means we do not pinpoint a specific earthquake to a specific fault because even if a location is a few hundred metres off it could have been a completely different fault. It just cleared.". There have been two earthquakes in Kent since 2007, notably another one less than two years later, which was also in Folkestone, on March 3, 2009 but was less severe at 3.0 on the Richter scale. 1 talking about this. 7.0 to 7.9: Major earthquake. Epicentre two miles west of Ramsgate – near Kent International Airport. Didn't sleep for ages after. By Michael Rundle. 8.0 or greater: Great earthquake. Reader Pauline Field, who lives in Borden, near Sittingbourne, has been in touch: The whole house and the wall behind my bed shook. Well, maybe. ITV. At a magnitude of 4.2, it wasn't very strong. Police and Kent Fire and Rescue Services have not received any reports of structural damage or injuries. Kent earthquake of 4.2 magnitude hits coast - as it happened ... 2015. But it was Britain’s ­biggest earthquake since a 5.2 magnitude tremor struck in ­Lincolnshire in 2008. The 2007 Kent earthquake registered 4.3 on the Richter scale and struck south east Kent, South East England on 28 April 2007 at 07:18:12 UTC (08:18:12 local time), at a shallow depth of 5.3 km.. "In 2005 we had just shy of a magnitude-5," Kent said. The British Geological Survey said there "could be more tremors" following the quake, which it described as "quite significant" and was the biggest felt in Britain for seven years. Almost all of them have come from within a 25km radius of the epicentre, covering Ramsgate and Margate and there surrounding hamlets as far south as Dover and Folkestone (18-26km southwest of the epicentre), Canterbury (22km to the west of the epicentre) and Herne Bay (20km to the northwest of the epicentre). Sarah Luddington said: "I was in bed and I went downstairs because I thought something had smashed into the house, like a car or something. Under 6.0 At most, slight damage to well-designed buildings. There's already been a flurry of tweets mocking the "disaster" with "devastating scenes" of overturned wheelie bins and garden furniture with messages such as "We will rebuild". I woke my partner and said that there had been an earth tremor. British Geological Survey (BGS) seismologist Roger Musson said the tremor was around 4.3 on the Richter scale, with an epicentre 7.5 miles off the Dover coast. Britain's biggest earthquake in seven years has hit Kent. It tweeted: “M4.3 earthquake strikes 46km SE of Southend-on-Sea (United Kingdom).”. "She came to our room and said, 'Did you feel it?' The road made a weird loud noise too”, “Banging of window shutters first, then rumbling noise faintly, but shutter banging became louder, then four poster bed hangings were swaying and whole room seemed to be moving”, “I was lying in my bed watching something with my headphones on when I felt the bed shake”. The British Geological Survey said earthquakes similar in size to the one that struck Kent overnight happen around every two years in the UK. My house really shook, I thought I was imagining it!! Quiz: just how weird was the Great Kent Earthquake of 2015? It added: "This morning's earthquake is approx 25km north-east of the 28 April 2007 Folkestone earthquake … Random and occasionally funny content for you to laugh at or the snowflakes to get offended by lol Happy scrolling. If you're just joining us, here's a recap. An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.2 shook windows and caused walls to creak when it struck in the middle of the night in Kent. Despite months spent in NZ this is my first one that I’ve felt.”. Thought something had collapsed outside, so got up to check. Other Kent residents tweeted their reactions after being woken by the tremors. And we said we had. Since then, the same fault structure produced a magnitude-4.2 in Spanish Springs in … “There was silence, then there was shaking. A series of shocks left residents fearing a massive gas blast or terrorist atrocity. Shutterstock. He added: "Lying in bed when the house suddenly shook. close. 4.8 17km NNE of Victoria, Canada. "We will continue to liaise with our partner agencies to ensure we are providing help and support in any areas needed," the police spokesman said. Kent earthquake: Twitter has a field day after 4.3 magnitude tremor hits the South East. In April 2007, a magnitude 4.3 earthquake hit Folkestone, Kent… window['24b1e2b2-0726-4b22-b53c-d5a6454e39e5'] = {'axisLabel':'Magnitude','valuePrefix':'','valueSuffix':'','pulloutTitle':'','pulloutItems':'','enableSpillover':false}; So how often do earthquakes hit Britain? This graph shows you. The … A Nepalese woman searches in the rubble of her collapsed house for her family members. A 4.3 magnitude quake - which lasted for two minutes - hit Folkestone at 8.19am on April 28, 2007, leaving the Garden of England with widespread damage. I went on social media to make sure it wasn't all just a dream wondering whether there had been a bomb, a plane crashing nearby or something else! So this is the biggest earthquake to hit Britain since a 5.2 magnitude quake in Lincolnshire in 2008, but how often do they strike the UK? This map, from the US Geological Survey, shows the intensity of the earthquake that hit Kent. 22 May 2015. One of the scale of this morning's only happen every two or three years.". @kent_police Bedfordshire town hit by fourth earthquake in two weeks, ‘Like a large explosion’: earthquake reported in Bedfordshire, Not-so-great shakes: a timeline of noticeable earthquakes in the UK, Teesside shaken by 3.0-magnitude earthquake, Somerset earthquake measuring 3.2 magnitude shakes houses, Cornwall quivers from magnitude-2.2 earthquake, North of England hit by 3.9-magnitude earthquake, UK earthquake: tremor hits south-west England and south Wales. The 4.2 magnitude earthquake might have been the biggest to hit Britain in seven years, but the fact the epicentre was 1.4 miles off the Kent coast meant the county escaped physical damage - but it will bring back memories for some. About sharing. #earthquake, Vikki Petts said: “So we just had a 4.3 magnitude earthquake in Kent and my housemates slept through the entire thing. All the Friday 22nd May 2015 news. An earthquake hit parts of Kent in the early hours of Friday morning, shaking houses, rattling windows and waking people in the county. Sounded like a distant bomb going off, then my ill-fitting windows rattled like crazy. Latest. It was scary.". You can read more about the day's events here. All the Friday 22nd May 2015 news. We're not entirely certain what all the numbers mean, but they certainly show a lot of activity around the same time at just before 3am. "We were woken up suddenly," he said. The organisation tweeted: "Prelim data now online ... 4.2 magnitude earthquake nr Sandwich, Kent.". Read Earthquake shakes Kent latest on ITV News. I thought a large animal was on the roof. Even the plantation blinds in my son's room were rattling. The bed shook and the whole house felt like it shook too. The worst affected area was the town of Folkestone, although the towns of Deal, Dover and Ashford were also affected. Other agencies initially recorded varying measurements, including the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, based in Paris, said the earthquake measured 4.3 on the Richter scale. "It was awful but there was no damage. ... 2015. Further afield, a few reports have been received from the Faversham, Chatham, Basildon and Southend-on-Sea areas. The British Geological Survey has just released more images of seismograms from stations closest to the Kent earthquake epicentre. pic.twitter.com/9KPBi44z8f. The earthquake activity that began there in July 2014 has produced 234 earthquakes greater than magnitude 3.0, and 24 earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or larger, including the largest, a magnitude 4.8 on Sept. 14 and a magnitude 4.6 just before Christmas this year. I heard a loud crack at first, then the house shook for about 20 seconds. A 4.2-magnitude earthquake has been felt across Kent after striking just before 3am this morning, shaking buildings and waking residents. My cats jumped off the bed and looked very worried. Buildings shake violently as Britain's biggest tremor in seven years strikes off Ramsgate in early hours - as it happened, • British Geological Survey says 4.2 magnitude quake hits Kent coast• Epicentre 1.4 miles off Ramsgate as tremors felt across region• Buildings shake and walls creak in 10-second quake at around 3am• UK's biggest quake since 5.2 magnitude in Lincolnshire in 2008•. My daughter said she was woken up and her clothes hangers rattling on the door handle, but because we watched the Enfield Haunting before bed, we were both scared to get up. We have not received any reports of injuries or damage at this time #KentEarthquake. "I went on Facebook and it was all on there. The most distant reports have been received from Norwich, North Walsham and Cromer. By Michael Rundle. Glad it wasn’t what it sounded like! pic.twitter.com/j8FzrxSXSU, No matter how much inconvenience the #KentEarthquake has caused....us kentonians will troop on x pic.twitter.com/WUfdA45C9k, Apparently #Kent had an #earthquake last night. USGS Earthquake Hazards Program, responsible for monitoring, reporting, and researching earthquakes and earthquake hazards. “Thought door to hotel was being kicked in, woke up alarmed”, “Woke the whole household and neighbours with a bang that lasted 1-2 seconds”, "Walls of house creaked, sounded like heavy object rolling over roof of the house”, “Noise and the whole building just shaking. "For a few seconds the property was moving. Now I have some sort of idea what people living in quake zones go through. #Kentearthquake. Seismologists at the British Geological Survey (BGS) confirmed the tremor, which was felt in areas including Ramsgate. It felt like there was someone very heavy who was stomping down the stairs.”, Either a giant just bounced on my roof, or I just felt a little earthquake. #kent. The US Geological Survey measured the quake as magnitude 4.0. Experts said it was difficult to link this morning's earthquake to a specific fault line. 2.1 magnitude earthquake 2020-10-11 20:38:24 UTC at 20:38 October 11, 2020 UTC Location: Epicenter at 47.608, -121.733 9.2 km from Fall City (5.2 miles) Share page. A spokesman said: “It has now been confirmed parts of east Kent has been affected by an earthquake measuring just 4.3 on the Richter scale (British Geological Survey). certainly woke me up! Can cause serious damage in areas several hundred kilometres across. The Kent incident is the largest recorded in Britain since an earthquake in Dudley in 2002. Iain Buchanan, of Ramsgate, said: "So I'm not going mental, my house shook due to an earthquake in Kent of all places. In my daughter's room, books had fallen down. Most of the energy could have been released in this one earthquake and the next one might not be for another three, four, five or 10 years. Vibrations picked up at the Tempest gas turbine at the Discovery Park in Sandwich (Inspired Control Engineering). Bed moving. The USGS database shows that there is a 87.37% chance of a major earthquake within 50km of Kent, WA within the next 50 years. The US Geological Survey measured the quake as magnitude 4.0. Lots more Telegraph readers have been in touch to share their experiences of the Kent earthquake. Everyone else was asleep, it was just me. No damage that I can see. Indeed it shook enough for the porcelain figurines on bathroom windowsill to crash into the bath and break. Weird experience anyway. Either a giant just bounced on my roof, or I just felt a little earthquake. With no reports of injuries or structural damage caused by the earthquake, the tremor that shook the Garden of England this morning is, well, ripe for ridicule. But with this my wife said it felt like something different. We are on the second floor so when a big vehicle goes by we sometimes feel it. If you need it, some context from the British Geological Survey: "Today's 4.2 magnitude Ramsgate earthquake is approximately 260,000 times smaller than the 7.8 Nepal quake event," said a spokesman. The reality was more prosaic, if equally unexpected: the largest earthquake in Britain for five years causing damage that ran into tens of millions of pounds. My daughter felt it as well. I checked the time, it was 02.56. ", Jonathan Tapp said: "Earthquake in East Kent and now can't get back to sleep. Weird experience anyway.”. It happened shortly before 3am. This interactive graphic should help gauge its magnitude compared to others since 2007: We've just delved back into the Telegraph postbag to bring you some more experiences from readers. But the BGS said reports of the earthquake were also received from as far afield as Norwich, North Walsham and Cromer in East Anglia. Does the fact Britain has experienced a 4.2 magnitude earthquake this morning mean we are more likely to feel more? Copy link. Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-05-22 02:52:17. British seismologists sent a series of tweets in the early hours of the morning and provided some perspective by drawing a comparison with the disaster in Nepal: Today's 4.2 magnitude Ramsgate earthquake is approx 260,000 times smaller than the 7.8 #NepalQuake event. But what does the magnitude scale actually mean? 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