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30th May 2022

Midlands earthquake: Residents report ‘houses shaking’ amid 3.8 magnitude tremor

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The earthquake was detected at 2.36pm in Wem, Shropshire

An earthquake has shaken parts of the Midlands at a magnitude of 3.8.

Residents reported that a tremor was felt in Staffordshire and Shropshire on Monday afternoon, with some saying they felt their houses shake, the Independent reported.

The British Geological Survey confirmed an earthquake was detected at 2.36pm in Wem, Shropshire.

The tremor occurred 8km below ground at a magnitude of 3.8.

The Birmingham Mail reported that Shrewsbury, Telford, Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent were impacted.

One homeowner, who lives in Shrewsbury, told the publication: “I felt the house shake from side to side for about three or four seconds. I was sat on the sofa and the whole room was moving, I’ve never felt an earthquake before. “I asked my partner if that was an earthquake and he said it was that or an explosion.”

Pam Newall tweeted: “Felt like a giant jumped on the ground. #earthquake #shrewsbury ”

Residents in Telford tweeted about the tremor at around 4pm.

According to earthquake monitoring site, Volcano Discovery, seismic activity was recorded with “unverified early reports of ground shaking possibly caused by seismic activity in or near Telford”.

“There are no details yet on the magnitude or depth of this possible quake. If confirmed, we can expect more accurate data to emerge in the next few minutes.

“The location, magnitude and time mentioned are indicative, based on our best-fit seismic model. They are temporary until our AllQuakes monitoring service receives more exact scientific data from a national or international seismological agency.”

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