pic.twitter.com/9KPBi44z8f. I then rang my dad who is local and he said the window started tapping then his bed shook. At 2.53am, we were woken up by the house shaking for about 10 seconds. This map, from the US Geological Survey, shows the intensity of the earthquake that hit Kent. 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”. 22 May 2015. 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. The moment the earthquake hit was captured by the instruments on the Tempest gas turbine at the Discovery Park, in Sandwich. So this is the biggest earthquake to hit Britain since a 4.3 magnitude quake in Folkestone in 2007. Under 6.0 At most, slight damage to well-designed buildings. But all the same it was a relatively unusual event for the UK: Earthquakes the size of the Ramsgate event happen approximately every 2 years in the UK & approximately 4500 times in the world annual, Geologists say Tuesday’s tremors likely to be aftershocks of Leighton Buzzard quake on 8 September, Police receive reports of houses shaking from public in Leighton Buzzard, They are rare, but about 20 quakes that are strong enough to feel occur annually in Britain, Police say no reports of injuries as Stockton residents describe rumble and shaking, Available for everyone, funded by readers. The epicentre was 1.4 miles west of Ramsgate at a depth of 9.5 miles. Experts said it was difficult to link this morning's earthquake to a specific fault line. The Kent incident is the largest recorded in Britain since an earthquake in Dudley in 2002. All the Friday 22nd May 2015 news. Indeed it shook enough for the porcelain figurines on bathroom windowsill to crash into the bath and break. 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•. Susan Fry, who lives in Ramsgate near the epicentre of the quake, said she felt a "strange rumbling sound" at just before 3am. That's the end of our live blog after the Kent earthquake - thanks for following. Britain's biggest earthquake in seven years has hit Kent. An earthquake of 4.2 magnitude hit Kent this morning, rattling buildings and waking up residents. Enter a year from 1900 to 2020 Search. I also heard a rumble, a groan sort of, and the neighbour's dogs started barking and I could hear the seagulls madly squawking. More often than you might think, as these figures from the British Geological Survey show. It felt like someone had slammed a sticking door very hard. My first reaction in the morning was to look at the news. We can't predict.". “At 3am it’s normally quiet,” he told the Guardian. An earthquake of 4.2 magnitude has hit Kent, shaking buildings and waking up residents. "It was awful but there was no damage. ", My god that earthquake has freaked me out! It gave me a tremendous shock but my son didn't stir! Another reader, John MacAlister, said he believed he could feel the earthquake across the Channel in Normandy. Live scenes in Kent after they had a catastrophic earthquake! 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. Other Kent residents tweeted their reactions after being woken by the tremors. I'm quite a deep sleeper, too. I thought a large animal was on the roof. He lost his internet connection, too. Didn't sleep for ages after. I woke my partner and said that there had been an earth tremor. David Galloway, a seismologist with the British Geological Survey, said: "The whole of the UK is criss-crossed by thousands of fault lines but most of them are at depth. 3.5 to 5.4: Often felt, but rarely causes damage. Chris Hill, from Inspired Control Engineering, said although the engine was not running at the time data clearly showed the vibration. The most distant reports have been received from Norwich, North Walsham and Cromer. Some people having been having fun with that fact... First pic of #kent #earthquake damage comes in pic.twitter.com/7I7NFtk4wU. 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? The whole house shook. British Geological Survey. Although thousands of people still felt the tremors after being woken, it was about 260,000 times smaller in terms of the energy released than in the Nepalese disaster that saw buildings collapse and widespread damage. It shook everything - my bed was bouncing. It was truly terrifying and, until I got affirmation on social media that it was indeed a tremor, it was very frightening. 7.0 to 7.9: Major earthquake. 2015-04-12 02:23:05 UTC 2.3 magnitude, 5 km depth Madison, Ohio, United States 2.3 magnitude earthquake 2015-04-12 02:23:05 UTC at 02:23 April 12, 2015 UTC Hello and welcome to our liveblog after a magnitude 4.2 earthquake hit Kent at shortly before 3am. window['24b1e2b2-0726-4b22-b53c-d5a6454e39e5'] = {'axisLabel':'Magnitude','valuePrefix':'','valueSuffix':'','pulloutTitle':'','pulloutItems':'','enableSpillover':false}; So how often do earthquakes hit Britain? 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). Since then, the same fault structure produced a magnitude-4.2 in Spanish Springs in … I thought someone was shaking me to get up and then realised the whole bloody house is shaking! First published on Fri 22 May 2015 04.25 BST. Now I have some sort of idea what people living in quake zones go through. Less than 3.5: Generally not felt, but recorded by earthquake monitoring equipment. Scary stuff. 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. close. Did you feel the earthquake? 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. Our bedroom shutters rattled for 3 - 4 seconds - rather alarming! USGS Earthquake Hazards Program, responsible for monitoring, reporting, and researching earthquakes and earthquake hazards. In my daughter's room, books had fallen down. Graph from a British Geological Survey monitoring station showing the Kent earthquake measuring magnitude 4.2. "In 2005 we had just shy of a magnitude-5," Kent said. While the British Geological Survey said it recorded the quake as 4.2 magnitude, other agencies initially recorded varying measurements. An earthquake hit parts of Kent in the early hours of Friday morning, shaking houses, rattling windows and waking people in the county. Glad it wasn’t what it sounded like! Kent Police said there have been no reports of injuries or damage to buildings. Of those surveyed shortly after the earthquake, two-thirds reported that their windows rattled and one-third said their furniture shook. The US Geological Survey measured the quake as magnitude 4.0. #earthquake, Vikki Petts said: “So we just had a 4.3 magnitude earthquake in Kent and my housemates slept through the entire thing. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. You can read more about the day's events here. Iain Buchanan, of Ramsgate, said: “So I’m not going mental, my house shook due to an earthquake in Kent of all places. Friday 22 May 2015. Kent quake: 'The whole house shook' Jump to media player Reporter Simon Jones talks about being woken up by a 4.2 magnitude earthquake which originated near Sandwich in Kent… Kent earthquake of 4.2 magnitude hits coast - as it happened ... 2015. Earthquakes the size of the Ramsgate event happen approximately every two years in … It just cleared.". For perspective, the recent quake in Nepal was 260,000 times bigger ... 2015. Can cause major damage to poorly-constructed buildings, but only over small regions. Damage in Folkestone after the April 2007 earthquake. ", 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. Either a giant just bounced on my roof, or I just felt a little earthquake. It tweeted: “M4.3 earthquake strikes 46km SE of Southend-on-Sea (United Kingdom).”. The Kent earthquake overnight measured magnitude 4.2 on the Richter scale, the largest recorded in Britain since 2007. #Earthquake #KentEarthquake. But tremors were felt across the Kent coast and throughout the region, as this map from the British Geological Survey shows. 22 May 2015. "I've looked outside and all appears to be fine in the street. Will obviously see more later when it's lighter. Sounded like a distant bomb going off, then my ill-fitting windows rattled like crazy. Share this Last updated: 22 May 2015, 10:10 BST Police and the fire and rescue service had no reports of structural damage or injuries. Will Mosedale, University of Kent student: Woke up thinking that exam stress had got the better of me and that I was shaking, then I realised that the rest of the room was shaking too and thought it was a strange dream. All rights reserved. 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. 2015-12-30 07:39:29 UTC 52.4 km. May 22, 2015. certainly woke me up! Can cause serious damage over larger areas. 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. This year was dominated by the earthquake in Nepal in April, with around 9,000 deaths. Weird experience anyway.”. My cats jumped off the bed and looked very worried. But with this my wife said it felt like something different. 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. Residents tweeted their reactions after being awoken by the tremors. Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km. The boyfriend's family said that the bed shook and they wondered what it was. The earthquake hit Kent in the at 2.57.am on Friday. We will continue to liaise with our partner agencies to ensure we are providing help and support in any areas needed.”. The bed shook and the whole house felt like it shook too. 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. ... (@BritGeoSurvey) May 22, 2015. — Kent Police (UK) (@kent_police) May 22, 2015 We can confirm that there has been an earth tremor in parts of Kent that registered 4.3 on the richter scale. An earthquake measuring 4.2 in magnitude has shaken Kent. "I actually thought it was an explosion of some sort and not an earthquake. #Kentearthquake. “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. (Hover over the bars to see the exact magnitude). All dates are listed according to UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) time. No damage that I can see. There actually was an earthquake and I felt it here in South London! Scary! 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. 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. 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. And we said we had. Earlier this month, Nepal was devastated by an earthquake measuring a huge 7.3 magnitude.. Thought something had collapsed outside, so got up to check. Share. 4.8 17km NNE of Victoria, Canada. You can find out here with our history of earthquakes in the UK. #kent. 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. This graph shows you. More than 800 "felt reports" were received by the British Geological Survey (BGS), mainly from residents in Ramsgate, Margate and surrounding areas. It was very odd. There was a strange rumbling sound. My wife and I jumped out of bed at 2 50 as our flat in Deal began to shake quite violently. The force was inundated with calls about the incident after it began receiving reports of the tremor in the East Kent area at around 2.57am. The earthquake overnight measured magnitude 4.2 on the Richter scale, the largest recorded in Britain since 2007. The tremor, which was recorded at a depth of 9.5 miles, struck west of … The largest earthquake within 30 miles of Kent, WA was a 6.8 Magnitude in 2001. "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. Despite months spent in NZ this is my first one that I've felt. Well, maybe. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, based in Paris, said the earthquake measured 4.3 on the Richter scale. The … Shutterstock. Random and occasionally funny content for you to laugh at or the snowflakes to get offended by lol Happy scrolling. The US Geological Survey measured the quake as magnitude 4.0. The vibrations felt like being on cruise ship when it comes onto port sideways. Latest. By Danny Boyle 22 May 2015 • 15:47 pm . Thank god for 24 hrs news & social media to find out.". Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. I thought 'an earthquake' and I hadn't heard nothing. 1 talking about this. By Michael Rundle. "We were woken up suddenly," he said. There's been an earthquake in Kent. 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 organisation tweeted: "Prelim data now online ... 4.2 magnitude earthquake nr Sandwich, Kent.". Even the plantation blinds in my son's room were rattling. We instantly knew it was an earthquake. It happened shortly before 3am. 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. "For a few seconds the property was moving. The worst affected area was the town of Folkestone, although the towns of Deal, Dover and Ashford were also affected. Share page. Here are a few of them: I woke with a shock at 2.50am as the house was shuddering loudly and violently. 6.1 to 6.9: Can be destructive in areas of up to about 100 km. Jump to Navigation Significant Earthquakes - 2015. If you're just joining us, here's a recap. @kent_police Other Kent residents tweeted their reactions after being woken by the tremors. Weird experience anyway. Does the fact Britain has experienced a 4.2 magnitude earthquake this morning mean we are more likely to feel more? The great British sense of humour has been in no shortage of supply this morning. I heard a loud crack at first, then the house shook for about 20 seconds. The room was rocking side to side, it was a very weird, frightening experience. Quiz: just how weird was the Great Kent Earthquake of 2015? Seen some devastating scenes online. What makes an earthquake "significant"? By Michael Rundle. And Barry Hunt, who lives in Faversham, reports: I was woken by a short graunching shudder. However, a spokesman told BBC Radio Kent: "Not all earthquakes have aftershocks. Well, look no further: we can answer all of those questions - and more - for you here. "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. Which is the largest earthquake on record to have hit Britain? Kent, WA has a very high earthquake risk, with a total of 1,033 earthquakes since 1931. Police and Kent Fire and Rescue Services have not received any reports of structural damage or injuries. "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. Thank god for 24 hrs news & social media to find out. Iain Buchanan, of Ramsgate, said: "So I'm not going mental, my house shook due to an earthquake in Kent of all places. Will obviously see more later when it’s lighter. A series of shocks left residents fearing a massive gas blast or terrorist atrocity. Quiz; 22 May 2015 Quiz: just how weird was the Great Kent Earthquake of 2015? No damage that I can see. Worst thing is I immediately went to Twitter to find out what was going on and for reassurance that I wasn't going crazy. A Nepalese woman searches in the rubble of her collapsed house for her family members. 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. “Police began receiving reports of the earthquake tremor in the east Kent area at around 2.57am. A strange phemomenon that may or may not be linked to the Kent earthquake. 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We have not received any reports of injuries or damage at this time #KentEarthquake. At a magnitude of 4.2, it wasn't very strong. "Earthquakes happen all over the UK - we get some 200 a year on average. My daughter felt it as well. Earthquakes the size of the Ramsgate event happen approximately every 2 years in the UK & approximately 4500 times in the world annual, It added: "This morning's earthquake is approx 25km north-east of the 28 April 2007 Folkestone earthquake which had a magnitude of 4.3 ML.". Kent earthquake: Tremors measuring 4.3 on Richter scale violently shake homes ... May 22, 2015. The Kent earthquake was significantly smaller than that which caused widespread devastation and claimed thousands of lives in Nepal. Kent was last hit by an earthquake in March 2009, with experts recording a … But it was Britain’s ­biggest earthquake since a 5.2 magnitude tremor struck in ­Lincolnshire in 2008. Bed moving. #kentearthquake strange to be woken by our apartment shaking. 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