Residents report tremors as Shropshire hit by 3.8 magnitude earthquake

The British Geological Survey confirmed an earthquake on Monday afternoon near Shrewsbury, Shropshire (BGS)
The British Geological Survey confirmed an earthquake on Monday afternoon near Shrewsbury, Shropshire (BGS)

People in Shropshire have reported tremors after a 3.8 magnitude earthquake was recorded, the third quake to hit the UK in less than 24 hours.

The tremor was felt around 3.35pm and was preceded by a rumbling sound.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) said the earthquake hit just to the east of the town of Wem at a depth of seven kilometres (4.35 miles) at 2.36pm on Monday.

The epicentre was between the villages of Stanton upon Hine Heath, Weston-under-Redcastle and Hodnet.

The BGS said it has received reports that people in the region felt the earthquake – though damage is unlikely.

"BGS has received numerous reports that this event has been felt by residents in Shropshire and surrounding counties," the body said in a statement.

The quake was the most forceful in England since one measuring 4.2 in Ramsgate, Kent, in 2015

Before that the strongest - measuring 5.2 - was felt in Lincolnshire in February 2008.

The magnitude measured 3.8 in Wem, Shropshire (BGS)
The magnitude measured 3.8 in Wem, Shropshire (BGS)

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Residents of Shropshire shared their experiences on social media.

Claire Osborn, from Shropshire, said on Twitter that she felt the earthquake tremor while gardening.

James Leao said: "I'm in Tern Hill which is very close to it pinpoint. Did feel sizeable."

LoveTelford wrote: "I heard a rumble and felt the desk shake. The fact others have asked the question makes me think it must have been."

And Sam Roberts, in Wem, said: "I definitely felt it…quite an usual experience!!"

It was the third earthquake with a magnitude of more than two to hit the UK in the last 24 hours.

A 2.1-magnitude earthquake was recorded in Arran, North Ayrshire, Scotland just before 8am on Monday.

A quake with a magnitude of 2.3 struck in Sale, Greater Manchester, at 8.40pm on Sunday, according to the BGS.

West Mercia Police and Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service said they had not yet been called to any reports of incidents related to the quake.

The BGS said an area of the UK is struck by an earthquake of this size or greater “roughly every two years”.