Magnitude 4.4 earthquake felt across Stoke-on-Trent


A 4.4 magnitude earthquake that struck near Swansea has been felt by thousands across the country, including Stoke-on-Trent.

The British Geological Survey tracked the epicentre, which hit shortly after 2.30pm today (February 17) 20km north-east of Swansea, at a depth of 7.4km.

It added that events like this only happen in the UK once every 2-3 years.

Speaking to StaffsLive, Melvyn Jennings, who lives in Northwood, said: “I thought I was feeling things, until I noticed my bottled water moving too.

“I did the usual Twitter search and saw it was an earthquake!”

Swansea University was temporarily evacuated following the earthquake, with some social media users reportedly hearing walls ‘crack’ and seeing objects falling off shelves.

A map released by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) shows reports coming from as far as Falmouth and Preston.

Dozens of reports also came in from across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

Map released by EMSC.

Kim Jones, from Talke, told StaffsLive: “I was sitting at home when I felt the house rock back and forth.

“My first thought was ‘earthquake’. I thought it must have been building work or something nearby.

“I hadn’t had any notifications about an earthquake until I looked on Twitter.”

South Wales Police in Swansea Tweeted: “There has been a minor earthquake throughout South Wales. No need for you to contact the Emergency Services unless you have something to report.”

The EMSC estimates over 10 million people across the UK felt tremors, but added that “no damage is reported, and if any, should remain very limited. No tsunami either”.


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