Earthquake felt across much of England and Wales

seismographImage copyrightBritish Geological Survey
Image caption A seismograph shows the earth’s movements on Saturday afternoon

A minor earthquake with 4.4 magnitude has affected parts of Wales and England.

Shaking has been reported across south Wales, the south west of England and the Midlands.

The British Geological Survey said the epicentre was approximately 20km north-north-east of Swansea and at a depth of 7.4km.

Earthquake felt across much of England and Wales
Earthquake felt across much of England and Wales

Events of this magnitude only happen in the UK every 2-3 years, it added.

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There has been a minor earthquake throughout South Wales….no need for you to contact the Emergency Services unless you have something to report ie:- injuries or damage. Hope this sets you minds at rest SWP

— SW Police Cardiff (@swpcardiff) February 17, 2018

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Dyfed Powys Police force said it had received “an extremely high volume” of calls relating to tremors.

Meanwhile, South Wales Police urged the public to avoid calling the emergency services unless it was to report damage or injuries.

‘The walls cracked’

Vera Sanderberg, from Croyde in north Devon, said she felt her 10 bedroom house shake.

“The neighbour’s horses bolted,” she said.

“It was just a split second. We can’t see anything damaged.”

In Cheltenham, Paul Samway said it felt like “a washing machine breaking down”.

“We heard the walls crack and there was a bit if juddering,” he added.

“We thought nothing of it until we saw reports from other people on social media.”

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