Wednesday, February 27, 2008

It WAS an earthquake: Did the earth move for you...?

Earthquake in The Deepings...? A few minutes ago there was a giant rumble, a strange feeling in the air and suddenly the walls seemed to shake for a second. Felt like a lorry had hit the house. Checked around. No damage. No lorry. Neighbours out on the street in their pyjamas asking what happened...

A frightening, albeit brief, experience. I've never experienced an earthquake, but it seems that a very minor one is the most rational explanation...

Just checked outside and birds singing in the trees at 1.15 am...Very strange. No, I haven't had a drink...!

UPDATE 02.15 Lincs Echo says epicentre was 15 miles north of Lincoln and tremors felt from Manchester to Norfolk.

UPDATE 02.00: BBC now reporting that people from across large parts of England have reported an earth tremor. The BBC has received calls from people in Yorkshire, the West Midlands, Manchester, Berkshire, London and Gloucestershire about a "quake".

The tremor could be felt in central Birmingham at about 0100 GMT but it is unclear if it has caused any damage.

UPDATE: This from Associated Press in New York (of all places): 6 minutes ago

NEW YORK (AP) — An earthquake struck in England early Wednesday and was reportedly felt across large parts of the country, geological officials and the BBC reported.

The 4.7-magnitude quake struck at about 1 a.m. and was centered about 125 miles north of London, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.


Anonymous said...

I felt it too!!
I live in Norwich, Norfolk. My bed and door were shaking loudly. I could hear the ground shaking. It sounded like a large lorry driving by my house. I'd say it lasted 10-15 seconds.
BBC News 24 are reporting the epicentre as being in Lincolnshire. Reports of the quake have also been felt in areas of the UK as wide as Manchester and London. It measured 4.7 on the Richter scale, say the BBC. Scary!

Anonymous said...

Oh my word, I got up from bed just before 1am to see to my 10 month old daughter and felt what I thought was an earthquake...a really strong shaking and my house was definately moving! i am in Chadderton Oldham, I had to get up and email my family...I have looked out of my window and it looks like most of my neighbours are asleep! wow am all shook up....literally