Biggest UK earthquake since 2008 felt in Exeter

Biggest UK earthquake since 2008 felt in Exeter

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Graphical evidence of the tremor. Credit: Express & Echo
Graphical evidence of the tremor. Credit: Express & Echo

Exeter residents are claiming that they experienced an earthquake earlier this afternoon, with experts suggesting that the tremor was the biggest experienced in this country since 2008.

The earthquake has been confirmed at a magnitude of 4.1 on the Richter Scale, with its epicentre in the Bristol Channel.

The 2008 earthquake, which also happened in February, measured 5.2 on the scale, and occurred in Market Rasen in Lincolnshire. The last two earthquakes in Devon, both in 2011, each measured less than 3 on the Richter Scale.

Locals are reporting that at 1.25pm this afternoon, the ground shook for approximately ten seconds, and Exeposé understands that the quake was felt across the South West, with reports coming in from Barnstaple, Newton Abbot, and even as far afield as Cardiff and Swansea.

Several Twitter users said that they had felt the tremor, with posters describing it as “scary”.

Duncan Cowan, a second year Engineering student living in Culverland Road, told Exeposé: “I was in bed, around 1:30pm and the things in my room started shaking, including my bed. It only lasted about 3 seconds”.

No damage has thus far been reported.

Owen Keating, News Editor

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