South Wales earthquake: Houses hit by ‘frightening’ night time tremor
Residents in south Wales were hit by an earthquake which caused home to shake during the night.
The British Geological Survey said the quake, which had a depth of 3.6km (2.2 miles), happened at 11.59pm on Friday.
Its epicentre was Brynmawr in Blaenau Gwent – approximately 12 miles away from Merthyr Tydfil.
We can confirm the walls of our hse shook in the 4.2 earthquake just after midnight in S wales. Felt like a car had driven into our house
— walkingthebreadline (@walkingthebread) February 25, 2023
Several people reported feeling the walls of their homes “shaking”, while others claimed the quake felt like “a bomb going off”.
“I’m in Rhymney and felt the house shake, looked online to see if anyone else did ... and it was an earthquake in South Wales. I think I need a change of trousers,” tweeted @KrissOttley.
Hear me out… was there just an earthquake in South Wales? The entire house just shook!
— Lloyd Rees (@Lloyd_Rees) February 25, 2023
Posting to Facebook, user Danielle Morgan said: “It definitely felt a lot worse than a light shaking in Ebbw Vale. We thought someone had crashed into the cars on our drive. Frightening! Brought the whole estate out wondering what was going on! The whole house shook to the core.”
Responding to her post, Jason Humphrys wrote: “I heard a loud bang that sounded like a bomb just went off then my entire kitchen shook, my cat was frightened — it was weird, it only lasted seconds but it left an impact.”
Though centred on South Wales, the shocks were reportedly felt as far away as Dudely and Wolverhampton.
The British Geological Survey, the UK’s main provider of quake data, has not yet issued any information on the quake.