The British Geological Survey said earthquakes similar in size to the one that struck Kent overnight happen around every two years in the UK. People in east Kent tell of tremors hitting just before 3am this morning. Share. It shook everything - my bed was bouncing. "She came to our room and said, 'Did you feel it?' The … “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. 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! By Michael Rundle. Chris Hill, from Inspired Control Engineering, said although the engine was not running at the time data clearly showed the vibration. Iain Buchanan, of Ramsgate, said: "So I'm not going mental, my house shook due to an earthquake in Kent of all places. GMT/UTC Time : 2015-05-22 01:52:17. All the Friday 22nd May 2015 news. 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. While the British Geological Survey said it recorded the quake as 4.2 magnitude, other agencies initially recorded varying measurements. By Michael Rundle. Despite months spent in NZ this is my first one that I've felt. Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. My house really shook, I thought I was imagining it!! "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. But where else have relatively big earthquakes occurred in the UK in the last eight years? Share page. Luckily I got a call in morning asking if I felt the earthquake and now I feel a little less mad. Thought something had collapsed outside, so got up to check. Kent Police said there have been no reports of injuries or damage to buildings. Under 6.0 At most, slight damage to well-designed buildings. And Sarah Coleman said: "I slept through it and I heard about it on the news this morning. A series of shocks left residents fearing a massive gas blast or terrorist atrocity. #Kentearthquake. Hello and welcome to our liveblog after a magnitude 4.2 earthquake hit Kent at shortly before 3am. Earthquakes the size of the Ramsgate event happen approximately every two years in … An earthquake of 4.2 magnitude hit Kent this morning, rattling buildings and waking up residents. The worst affected area was the town of Folkestone, although the towns of Deal, Dover and Ashford were also affected. At a magnitude of 4.2, it wasn't very strong. 7.0 to 7.9: Major earthquake. Can cause serious damage in areas several hundred kilometres across. An earthquake of 4.2 magnitude has hit Kent, shaking buildings and waking up residents. But now there are jokes about the joke on social media. A Nepalese woman searches in the rubble of her collapsed house for her family members. More often than you might think, as these figures from the British Geological Survey show. 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. Kent ) - - - - | Quakes (show) all >M3 >M4 >M5 >M6 M7+ / past 24h - past 48h - past week - past 2 weeks / Archive. — 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. Weird experience anyway.”. Didn't sleep for ages after. By Danny Boyle 22 May 2015 • 15:47 pm . © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. That's the end of our live blog after the Kent earthquake - thanks for following. Earthquake Information for Kent, Washington. "In 2005 we had just shy of a magnitude-5," Kent said. ", I'm not going mad! It was scary.". It tweeted: “M4.3 earthquake strikes 46km SE of Southend-on-Sea (United Kingdom).”. 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. I heard a loud crack at first, then the house shook for about 20 seconds. This graph shows you. Here are a few of them: I woke with a shock at 2.50am as the house was shuddering loudly and violently. 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.. It was a magnitude of 4.2, shacking windows and causing walls to creak when it struck 1.4 miles off the coast near Ramsgate at 2.52am. Thank god for 24 hrs news & social media to find out. The bed shook and the whole house felt like it shook too. Live scenes in Kent after they had a catastrophic earthquake! Here are seismograms from stations closest to #KentEarthquake epicentre, get live data here http://t.co/ego5yL8x62 pic.twitter.com/MiN7p5Cijk. 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. 6.1 to 6.9: Can be destructive in areas of up to about 100 km. We have not received any reports of injuries or damage at this time #KentEarthquake. Can cause major damage to poorly-constructed buildings, but only over small regions. Well, maybe. Vibrations picked up at the Tempest gas turbine at the Discovery Park in Sandwich (Inspired Control Engineering). Quiz; 22 May 2015 pic.twitter.com/3NnZuqI6m6, Devastating #earthquake hits Kent pic.twitter.com/RihF9O64Ce, Reports are coming in of an #earthquake in #Kent last night. One of the scale of this morning's only happen every two or three years.". No injuries or damage to buildings were reported following the tremor, but locals reported books being shaken from shelves and described the earthquake as feeling like a vehicle had been driven into their property. / | List I checked the time, it was 02.56. 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. A strange phemomenon that may or may not be linked to the Kent earthquake. Kent earthquake: Tremors measuring 4.3 on Richter scale violently shake homes ... May 22, 2015. No damage that I can see. It happened shortly before 3am. Another reader, John MacAlister, said he believed he could feel the earthquake across the Channel in Normandy. Here are some of them: The only way I can describe it is like when you drink too much and wake up in the night with the room moving and feeling disorientated! The most distant reports have been received from Norwich, North Walsham and Cromer. 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. 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. 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. We instantly knew it was an earthquake. ITV. Well, look no further: we can answer all of those questions - and more - for you here. The great British sense of humour has been in no shortage of supply this morning. 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. The organisation tweeted: "Prelim data now online ... 4.2 magnitude earthquake nr Sandwich, Kent.". I thought 'an earthquake' and I hadn't heard nothing. 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. Quiz: just how weird was the Great Kent Earthquake of 2015? "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. It felt like someone had slammed a sticking door very hard. My cats jumped off the bed and looked very worried. 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. All rights reserved. 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. 8.0 or greater: Great earthquake. About sharing. Seismologists at the British Geological Survey (BGS) confirmed the tremor, which was felt in areas including Ramsgate. But with this my wife said it felt like something different. Copy link. Britain's biggest earthquake in seven years has hit Kent. Jump to Navigation Significant Earthquakes - 2015. Share this Last updated: 22 May 2015, 10:10 BST Now I have some sort of idea what people living in quake zones go through. The Kent earthquake was significantly smaller than that which caused widespread devastation and claimed thousands of lives in Nepal. 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Earlier this month, Nepal was devastated by an earthquake measuring a huge 7.3 magnitude.. This is a huge building! Residents tweeted their reactions after being awoken by the tremors. If you're just joining us, here's a recap. 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". #earthquake, Vikki Petts said: “So we just had a 4.3 magnitude earthquake in Kent and my housemates slept through the entire thing. 22 May 2015. certainly woke me up! He got up to make tea; he thought I was mistaken and that a burglar had climbed onto the scaffolding. 22 May 2015. 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. There's been an earthquake in Kent. “I’ve looked outside and all appears to be fine in the street. "I went on Facebook and it was all on there. He lost his internet connection, too. Here's seismicity map for this morning's 4.2 earthquake, 5km south of Ramsgate, Kent & approx 100km east of London pic.twitter.com/XaF9cRY4gm. This map, from the US Geological Survey, shows the intensity of the earthquake that hit Kent. An earthquake hit parts of Kent in the early hours of Friday morning, shaking houses, rattling windows and waking people in the county. 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. “At 3am it’s normally quiet,” he told the Guardian. A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has been felt in parts of Kent, England, about 100kms east of London. Sounded like a distant bomb going off, then my ill-fitting windows rattled like crazy. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, based in Paris, said the earthquake measured 4.3 on the Richter scale. 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. 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. Kent woken up by 4.2 magnitude earthquake – but Twitter seems to be taking it in its stride with hilarious show of ‘solidarity’. It's fair to say the Kent earthquake was significantly smaller than that which caused widespread devastation and claimed thousands of lives in Nepal. 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). 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. All the Friday 22nd May 2015 news. “There was silence, then there was shaking. I'm quite a deep sleeper, too. Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km. 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. 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. Buildings shake as 4.2 magnitude earthquake hits off Kent coast Updated / Friday, 22 May 2015 15:38 The BGS said that the earthquake's epicentre was approximately 7km south of Ramsgate First published on Fri 22 May 2015 04.25 BST. Reader Pauline Field, who lives in Borden, near Sittingbourne, has been in touch: The whole house and the wall behind my bed shook. 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. "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. No damage that I can see. Thought something had collapsed outside, so got up to check. Iain Buchanan, of Ramsgate, said: “So I’m not going mental, my house shook due to an earthquake in Kent of all places. Kent also experienced smaller tremors in 1776 and 1950, which were in the "low fours". And we said we had. "I've looked outside and all appears to be fine in the street. Will obviously see more later when it's lighter. For perspective, the recent quake in Nepal was 260,000 times bigger The boyfriend's family said that the bed shook and they wondered what it was. More Telegraph readers have been in touch with their stories of feeling this morning's Kent earthquake. Even the plantation blinds in my son's room were rattling. ", My god that earthquake has freaked me out! She said her bed shook.". The US Geological Survey measured the quake as magnitude 4.0. 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. 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. Police and Kent Fire and Rescue Services have not received any reports of structural damage or injuries. Lots more Telegraph readers have been in touch to share their experiences of the Kent 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. He added: "Lying in bed when the house suddenly shook. ... 2015. In April 2007, a magnitude 4.3 earthquake hit Folkestone, Kent… Two small earthquakes - measuring 3.5 - were felt on Boxing Day 2006 by people in Dumfries and Galloway. So this is the biggest earthquake to hit Britain since a 4.3 magnitude quake in Folkestone in 2007. 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. Enter a year from 1900 to 2020 Search. Other Kent residents tweeted their reactions after being woken by the tremors. What makes an earthquake "significant"? 1 talking about this. Kent Earthquake 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… It was very odd. Susan Fry, who lives in Ramsgate near the epicentre of the quake, said she felt a "strange rumbling sound" at just before 3am. The whole house shook. And Barry Hunt, who lives in Faversham, reports: I was woken by a short graunching shudder. A 4.2-magnitude earthquake has been felt across Kent after striking just before 3am this morning, shaking buildings and waking residents. 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 moment the earthquake hit was captured by the instruments on the Tempest gas turbine at the Discovery Park, in Sandwich. At 2.53am, we were woken up by the house shaking for about 10 seconds. I woke my partner and said that there had been an earth tremor. We will continue to liaise with our partner agencies to ensure we are providing help and support in any areas needed.”. It added: "This morning's earthquake is approx 25km north-east of the 28 April 2007 Folkestone 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. window['24b1e2b2-0726-4b22-b53c-d5a6454e39e5'] = {'axisLabel':'Magnitude','valuePrefix':'','valueSuffix':'','pulloutTitle':'','pulloutItems':'','enableSpillover':false}; So how often do earthquakes hit Britain? I had no idea what it was until I saw the news this morning. 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 "Earthquakes happen all over the UK - we get some 200 a year on average. Shutterstock. "It was awful but there was no damage. But the BGS said reports of the earthquake were also received from as far afield as Norwich, North Walsham and Cromer in East Anglia. Quiz: just how weird was the Great Kent Earthquake of 2015? 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 Damage in Folkestone after the April 2007 earthquake. Worst thing is I immediately went to Twitter to find out what was going on and for reassurance that I wasn't going crazy. But it was Britain’s ­biggest earthquake since a 5.2 magnitude tremor struck in ­Lincolnshire in 2008. The room was rocking side to side, it was a very weird, frightening experience. Epicentre two miles west of Ramsgate – near Kent International Airport. 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•. 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. However, a spokesman told BBC Radio Kent: "Not all earthquakes have aftershocks. When was the last earthquake in Britain and how serious was it? British Geological Survey. close. 4.8 17km NNE of Victoria, Canada. I thought a large animal was on the roof. The US Geological Survey measured the quake as magnitude 4.0. "I actually thought it was an explosion of some sort and not an earthquake. 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. Certainly woke me up!”, Jonathan Tapp said: “Earthquake in East Kent and now can’t get back to sleep. 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.". 7.3 magnitude like it shook enough for the porcelain figurines on bathroom windowsill to crash the... 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