An earthquake with 3.2 magnitude rocked Cumbria this morning, the second earthquake to shake Britain in less than two weeks.
People in the county reported buildings shake and the “Earth move” when the tremor hit, shortly after 7:30 a.m. GMT on Feb. 28.
The epicentre was in Mosser, Cumbria, and tremors were felt in Grasmere, Kendal, Cockermouth, and Keswick, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS).
Residents took to Twitter shortly after the quake, with some saying they felt their whole house shaking.
Resident Martin Parlett tweeted, “Having run outside in my pyjamas and wife’s slip-ons like some sort of suburban superhero, thinking someone had crashed into the side of our house, it turns out Cumbria was in fact experiencing an earthquake. #cockermouth #theEarthMoved”
Having run outside in my pyjamas and wife’s slip-ons like some sort of suburban superhero, thinking someone had crashed into the side of our house, in turns out Cumbria was in fact experiencing an earthquake. #cockermouth #theEarthMoved
— Martin Parlett (@MartinParlett) February 28, 2018
Liz Priddle tweeted, “I have legit just felt an earthquake. My whole house just shook!”
Some said they felt the house shake for about 20 seconds, while others said it lasted 2 to 3 seconds.
— kayleighmelissa (@ennismore_) February 28, 2018
as a resident of cumbria, i can tell you that the earthquake lasted about 2/3 seconds but it was still really bloody scary
— big boy ethan (@___ethvn) February 28, 2018
— Liz Priddle (@lizpriddle) February 28, 2018
Cumbria having an earthquake just to spice things up
— Oliver James Carr (@OJCarr1) February 28, 2018
Stephen Hicks, a seismologist from Southampton University tweeted that Cumbria is “a bit of a hot-spot for earthquakes in the UK.”
He added, “Very complex long-lived geological history means lots of faults in the crust that very occasionally may host a minor earthquake.”
The BGS said that similar sized earthquakes occur once or twice a year.
Cumbria is a bit of a hot-spot for earthquakes in the UK. Very complex long-lived geological history means lots of faults in the crust that very occasionally may host a minor earthquake. Today's quake is the white star. https://t.co/lppoyQeuOh pic.twitter.com/empVONb4x8
— Stephen Hicks (@seismo_steve) February 28, 2018
The earthquake this morning was the biggest in Cumbria since 2010, near Coniston, which also had a magnitude of 3.5, the BGS said.
In 2009, a 3.9 magnitude earthquake happened near Ulveston that was felt widely.
— BGS (@BritGeoSurvey) February 28, 2018
The BGS tweeted that this morning’s earthquake was 130 times smaller than the earthquake that struck Wales earlier this month.
The 4.4 magnitude earthquake on Saturday, Feb. 17 was Britain’s biggest earthquake in a decade, with tremors felt across other parts of Britain, including the Isle of Wight, which is over 125 miles away.
The epicentre was 12.5 miles north of the Welsh city of Swansea.