The moment the earthquake hit was captured by the instruments on the Tempest gas turbine at the Discovery Park, in Sandwich. Buildings shake violently as Britain's biggest tremor in seven years strikes off Ramsgate in early hours - as it happened, • British Geological Survey says 4.2 magnitude quake hits Kent coast• Epicentre 1.4 miles off Ramsgate as tremors felt across region• Buildings shake and walls creak in 10-second quake at around 3am• UK's biggest quake since 5.2 magnitude in Lincolnshire in 2008•. The Kent earthquake was significantly smaller than that which caused widespread devastation and claimed thousands of lives in Nepal. We will continue to liaise with our partner agencies to ensure we are providing help and support in any areas needed.”. Didn't sleep for ages after. But the BGS said reports of the earthquake were also received from as far afield as Norwich, North Walsham and Cromer in East Anglia. It happened shortly before 3am. "We will continue to liaise with our partner agencies to ensure we are providing help and support in any areas needed," the police spokesman said. 4.8 17km NNE of Victoria, Canada. Here a few reports of rumbling noises created by the quake. I thought 'an earthquake' and I hadn't heard nothing. certainly woke me up! The tremor, which was recorded at a depth of 9.5 miles, struck west of … But what does the magnitude scale actually mean? All dates are listed according to UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) time. But where else have relatively big earthquakes occurred in the UK in the last eight years? Most of the energy could have been released in this one earthquake and the next one might not be for another three, four, five or 10 years. pic.twitter.com/3NnZuqI6m6, Devastating #earthquake hits Kent pic.twitter.com/RihF9O64Ce, Reports are coming in of an #earthquake in #Kent last night. “There was silence, then there was shaking. About sharing. By Michael Rundle. Thought something had collapsed outside, so got up to check. I didn't have a clue what it was at the time until I got up. The boyfriend's family said that the bed shook and they wondered what it was. See the live data from our seismic monitoring stations http://t.co/ego5yKQWeu This image is from Elham (ELSH) pic.twitter.com/Pygc39yqoM, Stop wasting billions on testing. Can cause major damage to poorly-constructed buildings, but only over small regions. This interactive graphic should help gauge its magnitude compared to others since 2007: We've just delved back into the Telegraph postbag to bring you some more experiences from readers. The earthquake overnight measured magnitude 4.2 on the Richter scale, the largest recorded in Britain since 2007. #kent. So this is the biggest earthquake to hit Britain since a 4.3 magnitude quake in Folkestone in 2007. There have been two earthquakes in Kent since 2007, notably another one less than two years later, which was also in Folkestone, on March 3, 2009 but was less severe at 3.0 on the Richter scale. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, based in Paris, said the earthquake measured 4.3 on the Richter scale. Read Earthquake shakes Kent latest on ITV News. I was woken with a start by the tremor at 02.50ish this morning, felt our bed shaking and bedroom door rattling which was accompanied by what sounded like a distant thunder rumble. pic.twitter.com/9KPBi44z8f. Certainly woke me up!”, Jonathan Tapp said: “Earthquake in East Kent and now can’t get back to sleep. Thank god for 24 hrs news & social media to find out. Worst thing is I immediately went to Twitter to find out what was going on and for reassurance that I wasn't going crazy. British seismologists sent a series of tweets in the early hours of the morning and provided some perspective by drawing a comparison with the disaster in Nepal: Today's 4.2 magnitude Ramsgate earthquake is approx 260,000 times smaller than the 7.8 #NepalQuake event. If you need it, some context from the British Geological Survey: "Today's 4.2 magnitude Ramsgate earthquake is approximately 260,000 times smaller than the 7.8 Nepal quake event," said a spokesman. An earthquake hit parts of Kent in the early hours of Friday morning, shaking houses, rattling windows and waking people in the county. "This means we do not pinpoint a specific earthquake to a specific fault because even if a location is a few hundred metres off it could have been a completely different fault. Sarah Luddington said: "I was in bed and I went downstairs because I thought something had smashed into the house, like a car or something. It gave me a tremendous shock but my son didn't stir! Quiz; 22 May 2015 #earthquake, Vikki Petts said: “So we just had a 4.3 magnitude earthquake in Kent and my housemates slept through the entire thing. So this is the biggest earthquake to hit Britain since a 5.2 magnitude quake in Lincolnshire in 2008, but how often do they strike the UK? ", My god that earthquake has freaked me out! Experts said it was difficult to link this morning's earthquake to a specific fault line. Despite months spent in NZ this is my first one that I've felt. Kent Police said there have been no reports of injuries or damage to buildings. By Michael Rundle. The worst affected area was the town of Folkestone, although the towns of Deal, Dover and Ashford were also affected. This graph shows you. ", Jonathan Tapp said: "Earthquake in East Kent and now can't get back to sleep. Will Mosedale, University of Kent student: Woke up thinking that exam stress had got the better of me and that I was shaking, then I realised that the rest of the room was shaking too and thought it was a strange dream. Some people having been having fun with that fact... First pic of #kent #earthquake damage comes in pic.twitter.com/7I7NFtk4wU. But all the same it was a relatively unusual event for the UK: Earthquakes the size of the Ramsgate event happen approximately every 2 years in the UK & approximately 4500 times in the world annual, Geologists say Tuesday’s tremors likely to be aftershocks of Leighton Buzzard quake on 8 September, Police receive reports of houses shaking from public in Leighton Buzzard, They are rare, but about 20 quakes that are strong enough to feel occur annually in Britain, Police say no reports of injuries as Stockton residents describe rumble and shaking, Available for everyone, funded by readers. Random and occasionally funny content for you to laugh at or the snowflakes to get offended by lol Happy scrolling. Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km. Earlier this month, Nepal was devastated by an earthquake measuring a huge 7.3 magnitude.. Hello and welcome to our liveblog after a magnitude 4.2 earthquake hit Kent at shortly before 3am. Further afield, a few reports have been received from the Faversham, Chatham, Basildon and Southend-on-Sea areas. The 2007 Kent earthquake registered 4.3 on the Richter scale and struck south east Kent, South East England on 28 April 2007 at 07:18:12 UTC (08:18:12 local time), at a shallow depth of 5.3 km.. And Barry Hunt, who lives in Faversham, reports: I was woken by a short graunching shudder. Graham Johnson, who lives in Bedworth, Warwickshire, has been in touch to say he was woken up at the time of the quake by all his landline phones ringing continuously - then going completely dead. Kent earthquake: Tremors measuring 4.3 on Richter scale violently shake homes ... May 22, 2015. Britain's biggest earthquake in seven years has hit Kent. Vikki Petts said: "So we just had a 4.3 magnitude earthquake in Kent and my housemates slept through the entire thing. Buildings shake as 4.2 magnitude earthquake hits off Kent coast Updated / Friday, 22 May 2015 15:38 The BGS said that the earthquake's epicentre was approximately 7km south of Ramsgate Sounded like a distant bomb going off, then my ill-fitting windows rattled like crazy. pic.twitter.com/j8FzrxSXSU, No matter how much inconvenience the #KentEarthquake has caused....us kentonians will troop on x pic.twitter.com/WUfdA45C9k, Apparently #Kent had an #earthquake last night. A “DRAMATIC, violent, jarring and jolting” earthquake has struck the UK near Kent, waking residents in the middle of the night with the shock of their lives. The 4.2 magnitude earthquake might have been the biggest to hit Britain in seven years, but the fact the epicentre was 1.4 miles off the Kent coast meant the county escaped physical damage - but it will bring back memories for some. The Kent earthquake overnight measured magnitude 4.2 on the Richter scale, the largest recorded in Britain since 2007. "I've looked outside and all appears to be fine in the street. I could feel everything shaking. We're not entirely certain what all the numbers mean, but they certainly show a lot of activity around the same time at just before 3am. Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4. Quiz: just how weird was the Great Kent Earthquake of 2015? This is a huge building! Social media users were quick to make light of the quake, jokingly posting "devastating scenes" of overturned wheelie bins and garden furniture with messages such as "We will rebuild". Kent was last hit by an earthquake in March 2009, with experts recording a … Kent quake: 'The whole house shook' Jump to media player Reporter Simon Jones talks about being woken up by a 4.2 magnitude earthquake which originated near Sandwich in Kent… He added: "Lying in bed when the house suddenly shook. Other agencies initially recorded varying measurements, including the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, based in Paris, said the earthquake measured 4.3 on the Richter scale. By Michael Rundle. "I woke up, nothing had happened so I went back to sleep. I had no idea what it was until I saw the news this morning. "For a few seconds the property was moving. The earthquake activity that began there in July 2014 has produced 234 earthquakes greater than magnitude 3.0, and 24 earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or larger, including the largest, a magnitude 4.8 on Sept. 14 and a magnitude 4.6 just before Christmas this year. I'm quite a deep sleeper, too. USGS Earthquake Hazards Program, responsible for monitoring, reporting, and researching earthquakes and earthquake hazards. I then rang my dad who is local and he said the window started tapping then his bed shook. The great British sense of humour has been in no shortage of supply this morning. "Fortunately we do not live on the plate edges - for example the San Andreas fault in California can actually be seen at the surface, but the faults in the UK are blind and most earthquakes happen at a depth of between 5km and 25km. Can cause serious damage in areas several hundred kilometres across. Quiz: just how weird was the Great Kent Earthquake of 2015? Under 6.0 At most, slight damage to well-designed buildings. We instantly knew it was an earthquake. ... 2015. A spokesman said: “It has now been confirmed parts of east Kent has been affected by an earthquake measuring just 4.3 on the Richter scale (British Geological Survey). Less than 3.5: Generally not felt, but recorded by earthquake monitoring equipment. It felt like someone had slammed a sticking door very hard. This was the second earthquake … Jump to Navigation Significant Earthquakes - 2015. The road made a weird loud noise too”, “Banging of window shutters first, then rumbling noise faintly, but shutter banging became louder, then four poster bed hangings were swaying and whole room seemed to be moving”, “I was lying in my bed watching something with my headphones on when I felt the bed shake”. Another reader, John MacAlister, said he believed he could feel the earthquake across the Channel in Normandy. #kentearthquake strange to be woken by our apartment shaking. He got up to make tea; he thought I was mistaken and that a burglar had climbed onto the scaffolding. Damage in Folkestone after the April 2007 earthquake. Seen some devastating scenes online. In April 2007, a magnitude 4.3 earthquake hit Folkestone, Kent… Did you feel the earthquake? "We were woken up suddenly," he said. On Friday morning the world woke up to reports of an earthquake in Kent – and their Twitter feeds stuffed full of the same jokes endlessly retweeted. Vibrations picked up at the Tempest gas turbine at the Discovery Park in Sandwich (Inspired Control Engineering). It added: "This morning's earthquake is approx 25km north-east of the 28 April 2007 Folkestone earthquake … The largest earthquake within 30 miles of Kent, WA was a 6.8 Magnitude in 2001. "Earthquakes happen all over the UK - we get some 200 a year on average. 3.5 to 5.4: Often felt, but rarely causes damage. A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has been felt in parts of Kent, England, about 100kms east of London. Iain Buchanan, of Ramsgate, said: “So I’m not going mental, my house shook due to an earthquake in Kent of all places. Iain Buchanan, of Ramsgate, said: "So I'm not going mental, my house shook due to an earthquake in Kent of all places. I woke my partner and said that there had been an earth tremor. My wife and I jumped out of bed at 2 50 as our flat in Deal began to shake quite violently. GMT/UTC Time : 2015-05-22 01:52:17. I thought a large animal was on the roof. Scary stuff. All rights reserved. 2015-12-30 07:39:29 UTC 52.4 km. At a magnitude of 4.2, it wasn't very strong. The US Geological Survey measured the quake as magnitude 4.0. An earthquake of 4.2 magnitude hit Kent this morning, rattling buildings and waking up residents. The organisation tweeted: "Prelim data now online ... 4.2 magnitude earthquake nr Sandwich, Kent.". "It was awful but there was no damage. The Kent incident is the largest recorded in Britain since an earthquake in Dudley in 2002. ITV. Now I have some sort of idea what people living in quake zones go through. 22 May 2015. More often than you might think, as these figures from the British Geological Survey show. It was scary.". The US Geological Survey measured the quake as magnitude 4.0. British Geological Survey (BGS) seismologist Roger Musson said the tremor was around 4.3 on the Richter scale, with an epicentre 7.5 miles off the Dover coast. But it was Britain’s ­biggest earthquake since a 5.2 magnitude tremor struck in ­Lincolnshire in 2008. While the British Geological Survey said it recorded the quake as 4.2 magnitude, other agencies initially recorded varying measurements. Thank god for 24 hrs news & social media to find out.". Weird experience anyway. Our bedroom shutters rattled for 3 - 4 seconds - rather alarming! Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-05-22 02:52:17. Epicentre two miles west of Ramsgate – near Kent International Airport. I heard a loud crack at first, then the house shook for about 20 seconds. 6.1 to 6.9: Can be destructive in areas of up to about 100 km. An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.2 shook windows and caused walls to creak when it struck in the middle of the night in Kent. We've pulled together a full report on the earthquake that hit Kent early today - and explained why the tremor that shook the Garden of England became ripe for ridicule... Want to see how today's Kent earthquake compares to others in Britain in the last few years? It was very odd. Police and the fire and rescue service had no reports of structural damage or injuries. Weird experience anyway.”. At 2.53am, we were woken up by the house shaking for about 10 seconds. Does the fact Britain has experienced a 4.2 magnitude earthquake this morning mean we are more likely to feel more? What makes an earthquake "significant"? Share this Last updated: 22 May 2015, 10:10 BST The USGS database shows that there is a 87.37% chance of a major earthquake within 50km of Kent, WA within the next 50 years. Everyone else was asleep, it was just me. Latest. A series of shocks left residents fearing a massive gas blast or terrorist atrocity. The whole house shook. 22 May 2015. The earthquake hit Kent in the at 2.57.am on Friday. We are on the second floor so when a big vehicle goes by we sometimes feel it. “Police began receiving reports of the earthquake tremor in the east Kent area at around 2.57am. A 4.3 magnitude quake - which lasted for two minutes - hit Folkestone at 8.19am on April 28, 2007, leaving the Garden of England with widespread damage. Chris Hill, from Inspired Control Engineering, said although the engine was not running at the time data clearly showed the vibration. With no reports of injuries or structural damage caused by the earthquake, the tremor that shook the Garden of England this morning is, well, ripe for ridicule. "I went on Facebook and it was all on there. She said her bed shook.". Here are seismograms from stations closest to #KentEarthquake epicentre, get live data here http://t.co/ego5yL8x62 pic.twitter.com/MiN7p5Cijk. close. “Thought door to hotel was being kicked in, woke up alarmed”, “Woke the whole household and neighbours with a bang that lasted 1-2 seconds”, "Walls of house creaked, sounded like heavy object rolling over roof of the house”, “Noise and the whole building just shaking. More than 800 "felt reports" were received by the British Geological Survey (BGS), mainly from residents in Ramsgate, Margate and surrounding areas. Kent Earthquake 2015. Earthquakes the size of the Ramsgate event happen approximately every 2 years in the UK & approximately 4500 times in the world annual, It added: "This morning's earthquake is approx 25km north-east of the 28 April 2007 Folkestone earthquake which had a magnitude of 4.3 ML.". 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There actually was an earthquake and I felt it here in South London! British Geological Survey. “I’ve looked outside and all appears to be fine in the street. A strange phemomenon that may or may not be linked to the Kent earthquake. “Lying in bed when the house suddenly shook. Lots more Telegraph readers have been in touch to share their experiences of the Kent earthquake. The bed shook and the whole house felt like it shook too. But now there are jokes about the joke on social media. 7.0 to 7.9: Major earthquake. I checked the time, it was 02.56. "She came to our room and said, 'Did you feel it?' Here are some of them: The only way I can describe it is like when you drink too much and wake up in the night with the room moving and feeling disorientated! Well, look no further: we can answer all of those questions - and more - for you here. Magnitude 4.2 quake affects Canterbury, Margate and Whitstable, with people jolted from sleep and taking to social media to express their alarm, Fri 22 May 2015 07.16 BST (Hover over the bars to see the exact magnitude). However, a spokesman told BBC Radio Kent: "Not all earthquakes have aftershocks. Susan Fry, who lives in Ramsgate near the epicentre of the quake, said she felt a "strange rumbling sound" at just before 3am. It lasted probably less than 10 seconds, but was pretty scary to be woken in such a way and I lay awake for nearly two hours wondering if I'd imagined it but was convinced I hadn't more so because of the door rattling. Seismologists at the British Geological Survey (BGS) confirmed the tremor, which was felt in areas including Ramsgate. There's been an earthquake in Kent. It shook everything - my bed was bouncing. Despite months spent in NZ this is my first one that I’ve felt.”. Thought something had collapsed outside, so got up to check. @kent_police There's already been a flurry of tweets mocking the "disaster" with "devastating scenes" of overturned wheelie bins and garden furniture with messages such as "We will rebuild". Other Kent residents tweeted their reactions after being woken by the tremors. People in east Kent tell of tremors hitting just before 3am this morning. Indeed it shook enough for the porcelain figurines on bathroom windowsill to crash into the bath and break. My cats jumped off the bed and looked very worried. The most distant reports have been received from Norwich, North Walsham and Cromer. The … A 4.2-magnitude earthquake has been felt across Kent after striking just before 3am this morning, shaking buildings and waking residents. My daughter felt it as well. Well, maybe. David Galloway, a seismologist with the British Geological Survey, said: "The whole of the UK is criss-crossed by thousands of fault lines but most of them are at depth. Luckily I got a call in morning asking if I felt the earthquake and now I feel a little less mad. Will obviously see more later when it’s lighter. Which is the largest earthquake on record to have hit Britain? The Kent earthquake early today is the biggest to hit Britain in seven years since a 5.2 magnitude quake struck Market Rasen, in Lincolnshire, on February 27, 2008. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Almost all of them have come from within a 25km radius of the epicentre, covering Ramsgate and Margate and there surrounding hamlets as far south as Dover and Folkestone (18-26km southwest of the epicentre), Canterbury (22km to the west of the epicentre) and Herne Bay (20km to the northwest of the epicentre). Share. Quiz: just how weird was the Great Kent Earthquake of 2015? 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