Thought something had collapsed outside, so got up to check. We have not received any reports of injuries or damage at this time #KentEarthquake. "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. 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). Less than 3.5: Generally not felt, but recorded by earthquake monitoring equipment. Through 2015 there have been 4,511 earthquakes recorded in the remote Sheldon Wildlife Refuge near Vya, east of Cedarville, Calif. Musician Jake West was in his terraced house in Canterbury when he reported it started shaking. I'm quite a deep sleeper, too. Two small earthquakes - measuring 3.5 - were felt on Boxing Day 2006 by people in Dumfries and Galloway. Residents tweeted their reactions after being awoken by the tremors. Hello and welcome to our liveblog after a magnitude 4.2 earthquake hit Kent at shortly before 3am. Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. "It was awful but there was no damage. An earthquake of 4.2 magnitude hit Kent this morning, rattling buildings and waking up residents. 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. Damage in Folkestone after the April 2007 earthquake. People in east Kent tell of tremors hitting just before 3am this morning. 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. 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. After the 4.2 magnitude earthquake hit early today, you might be wondering what causes a tremor, how common they are - and what you should do if one hits. The great British sense of humour has been in no shortage of supply this morning. By Michael Rundle. Random and occasionally funny content for you to laugh at or the snowflakes to get offended by lol Happy scrolling. The reality was more prosaic, if equally unexpected: the largest earthquake in Britain for five years causing damage that ran into tens of millions of pounds. Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km. "I've looked outside and all appears to be fine in the street. The room was rocking side to side, it was a very weird, frightening experience. Lots more Telegraph readers have been in touch to share their experiences of the Kent earthquake. Either a giant just bounced on my roof, or I just felt a little earthquake. It was truly terrifying and, until I got affirmation on social media that it was indeed a tremor, it was very frightening. It felt like there was someone very heavy who was stomping down the stairs.”, Either a giant just bounced on my roof, or I just felt a little earthquake. Share this Last updated: 22 May 2015, 10:10 BST I had no idea what it was until I saw the news this morning. The Kent earthquake overnight measured magnitude 4.2 on the Richter scale, the largest recorded in Britain since 2007. Quiz; 22 May 2015 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”. Thought something had collapsed outside, so got up to check. But with this my wife said it felt like something different. Read Earthquake shakes Kent latest on ITV News. Reader Pauline Field, who lives in Borden, near Sittingbourne, has been in touch: The whole house and the wall behind my bed shook. By Michael Rundle. Experts said it was difficult to link this morning's earthquake to a specific fault line. Graph from a British Geological Survey monitoring station showing the Kent earthquake measuring magnitude 4.2. 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.. Friday 22 May 2015. Our bedroom shutters rattled for 3 - 4 seconds - rather alarming! “There was silence, then there was shaking. 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! “At 3am it’s normally quiet,” he told the Guardian. 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. The Kent earthquake early today is the biggest to hit Britain in seven years since a 5.2 magnitude quake struck Market Rasen, in Lincolnshire, on February 27, 2008. An earthquake measuring 4.2 in magnitude has shaken Kent. GMT/UTC Time : 2015-05-22 01:52:17. Enter a year from 1900 to 2020 Search. 2.1 magnitude earthquake 2020-10-11 20:38:24 UTC at 20:38 October 11, 2020 UTC Location: Epicenter at 47.608, -121.733 9.2 km from Fall City (5.2 miles) All the Friday 22nd May 2015 news. Further afield, a few reports have been received from the Faversham, Chatham, Basildon and Southend-on-Sea areas. I could feel everything shaking. Did you feel the earthquake? More often than you might think, as these figures from the British Geological Survey show. Which is the largest earthquake on record to have hit Britain? 3.5 to 5.4: Often felt, but rarely causes damage. See the live data from our seismic monitoring stations http://t.co/ego5yKQWeu This image is from Elham (ELSH) pic.twitter.com/Pygc39yqoM, Stop wasting billions on testing. Susan Fry, who lives in Ramsgate near the epicentre of the quake, said she felt a "strange rumbling sound" at just before 3am. ", I'm not going mad! The epicentre was 1.4 miles west of Ramsgate at a depth of 9.5 miles. That's the end of our live blog after the Kent earthquake - thanks for following. Will obviously see more later when it’s lighter. @kent_police The US Geological Survey measured the quake as magnitude 4.0. 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. My daughter felt it as well. 1 talking about this. 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. My first reaction in the morning was to look at the news. I thought someone was shaking me to get up and then realised the whole bloody house is 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! Other Kent residents tweeted their reactions after being woken by the tremors. Certainly woke me up!”, Jonathan Tapp said: “Earthquake in East Kent and now can’t get back to sleep. Everyone else was asleep, it was just me. Thank god for 24 hrs news & social media to find out.". Has anyone else had that problem? No damage that I can see. "We were woken up suddenly," he said. I heard a loud crack at first, then the house shook for about 20 seconds. I also heard a rumble, a groan sort of, and the neighbour's dogs started barking and I could hear the seagulls madly squawking. At a magnitude of 4.2, it wasn't very strong. Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4. There's been an earthquake in Kent. The most distant reports have been received from Norwich, North Walsham and Cromer. Vibrations picked up at the Tempest gas turbine at the Discovery Park in Sandwich (Inspired Control Engineering). Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-05-22 02:52:17. Kent Police said there have been no reports of injuries or damage to buildings. But the BGS said reports of the earthquake were also received from as far afield as Norwich, North Walsham and Cromer in East Anglia. The bed shook and the whole house felt like it shook too. ", 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. "She came to our room and said, 'Did you feel it?' This year was dominated by the earthquake in Nepal in April, with around 9,000 deaths. 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. The British Geological Survey has just released more images of seismograms from stations closest to the Kent earthquake epicentre. close. Here are seismograms from stations closest to #KentEarthquake epicentre, get live data here http://t.co/ego5yL8x62 pic.twitter.com/MiN7p5Cijk. ITV. The earthquake hit Kent in the at 2.57.am on Friday. This map, from the US Geological Survey, shows the intensity of the earthquake that hit Kent. Britain's biggest earthquake in seven years has hit Kent. The vibrations felt like being on cruise ship when it comes onto port sideways. "In 2005 we had just shy of a magnitude-5," Kent said. The Kent incident is the largest recorded in Britain since an earthquake in Dudley in 2002. 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. 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. 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). All dates are listed according to UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) time. 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. (Hover over the bars to see the exact magnitude). It lasted probably less than 10 seconds, but was pretty scary to be woken in such a way and I lay awake for nearly two hours wondering if I'd imagined it but was convinced I hadn't more so because of the door rattling. 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. This morning’s earthquake is approx 25km north-east of the 28 April 2007 Folkestone earthquake which had a magnitude of 4.3 ML — BGS (@BritGeoSurvey) May 22, 2015 Today’s 4.2 magnitude Ramsgate earthquake is approx 260,000 times smaller than the 7.8 #NepalQuake event #kent. The whole house shook. All the Friday 22nd May 2015 news. Seen some devastating scenes online. It shook everything - my bed was bouncing. While the British Geological Survey said it recorded the quake as 4.2 magnitude, other agencies initially recorded varying measurements. The US Geological Survey measured the quake as magnitude 4.0. Now I have some sort of idea what people living in quake zones go through. Kent earthquake of 4.2 magnitude hits coast - as it happened ... 2015. Does the fact Britain has experienced a 4.2 magnitude earthquake this morning mean we are more likely to feel more? “Police began receiving reports of the earthquake tremor in the east Kent area at around 2.57am. The tremor, which was recorded at a depth of 9.5 miles, struck west of … However, a spokesman told BBC Radio Kent: "Not all earthquakes have aftershocks. 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 There actually was an earthquake and I felt it here in South London! 22 May 2015. About sharing. 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. 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. This is a list of earthquakes in 2015.Only earthquakes of magnitude 6 or above are included, unless they result in damage and/or casualties, or are notable for some other reason. / | List Despite months spent in NZ this is my first one that I've felt. By Michael Rundle. Jump to Navigation Significant Earthquakes - 2015. A series of shocks left residents fearing a massive gas blast or terrorist atrocity. 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. We will continue to liaise with our partner agencies to ensure we are providing help and support in any areas needed.”. pic.twitter.com/3NnZuqI6m6, Devastating #earthquake hits Kent pic.twitter.com/RihF9O64Ce, Reports are coming in of an #earthquake in #Kent last night. Share page. Here are a few of them: I woke with a shock at 2.50am as the house was shuddering loudly and violently. Some people having been having fun with that fact... First pic of #kent #earthquake damage comes in pic.twitter.com/7I7NFtk4wU. He got up to make tea; he thought I was mistaken and that a burglar had climbed onto the scaffolding. Scary! It happened shortly before 3am. First published on Fri 22 May 2015 04.25 BST. Can cause major damage to poorly-constructed buildings, but only over small regions. Quiz: just how weird was the Great Kent Earthquake of 2015? I didn't have a clue what it was at the time until I got up. No damage that I can see. This graph shows you. By Danny Boyle 22 May 2015 • 15:47 pm . Bedfordshire town hit by fourth earthquake in two weeks, ‘Like a large explosion’: earthquake reported in Bedfordshire, Not-so-great shakes: a timeline of noticeable earthquakes in the UK, Teesside shaken by 3.0-magnitude earthquake, Somerset earthquake measuring 3.2 magnitude shakes houses, Cornwall quivers from magnitude-2.2 earthquake, North of England hit by 3.9-magnitude earthquake, UK earthquake: tremor hits south-west England and south Wales. Weird experience anyway. Even the plantation blinds in my son's room were rattling. 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. 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. Indeed it shook enough for the porcelain figurines on bathroom windowsill to crash into the bath and break. 22 May 2015. The worst affected area was the town of Folkestone, although the towns of Deal, Dover and Ashford were also affected. Earlier this month, Nepal was devastated by an earthquake measuring a huge 7.3 magnitude.. At 2.53am, we were woken up by the house shaking for about 10 seconds. He lost his internet connection, too. Epicentre two miles west of Ramsgate – near Kent International Airport. I thought 'an earthquake' and I hadn't heard nothing. 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. All rights reserved. But where else have relatively big earthquakes occurred in the UK in the last eight years? It was scary.". The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, based in Paris, said the earthquake measured 4.3 on the Richter scale. "Earthquakes happen all over the UK - we get some 200 a year on average. USGS Earthquake Hazards Program, responsible for monitoring, reporting, and researching earthquakes and earthquake hazards. Copy link. We've pulled together a full report on the earthquake that hit Kent early today - and explained why the tremor that shook the Garden of England became ripe for ridicule... Want to see how today's Kent earthquake compares to others in Britain in the last few years? 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•. Live scenes in Kent after they had a catastrophic earthquake! Kent ) - - - - | Quakes (show) all >M3 >M4 >M5 >M6 M7+ / past 24h - past 48h - past week - past 2 weeks / Archive. "I actually thought it was an explosion of some sort and not an earthquake. So this is the biggest earthquake to hit Britain since a 4.3 magnitude quake in Folkestone in 2007. 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. 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. This is a huge building! 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. Despite months spent in NZ this is my first one that I’ve felt.”. 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. 8.0 or greater: Great earthquake. 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… #Kentearthquake. In April 2007, a magnitude 4.3 earthquake hit Folkestone, Kent… "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. We are on the second floor so when a big vehicle goes by we sometimes feel it. 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. And Barry Hunt, who lives in Faversham, reports: I was woken by a short graunching shudder. And we said we had. 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? When was the last earthquake in Britain and how serious was it? "I went on Facebook and it was all on there. “I’ve looked outside and all appears to be fine in the street. pic.twitter.com/9KPBi44z8f. Of those surveyed shortly after the earthquake, two-thirds reported that their windows rattled and one-third said their furniture shook. It's fair to say the Kent earthquake was significantly smaller than that which caused widespread devastation and claimed thousands of lives in Nepal. Police and Kent Fire and Rescue Services have not received any reports of structural damage or injuries. It gave me a tremendous shock but my son didn't stir! 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 magnitude 4.2 earthquake has been felt in parts of Kent, England, about 100kms east of London. What makes an earthquake "significant"? “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. For perspective, the recent quake in Nepal was 260,000 times bigger 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. Can cause serious damage in areas several hundred kilometres across. You can read more about the day's events here. Quiz: just how weird was the Great Kent Earthquake of 2015? 4.8 17km NNE of Victoria, Canada. More Telegraph readers have been in touch with their stories of feeling this morning's Kent earthquake. A strange phemomenon that may or may not be linked to the Kent earthquake. 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