The British Geological Survey (BGS) has reported that an earthquake measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale was felt at the edge of the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales.
It’s believed that the epicentre is was near Tudweiliog, in Gwynedd and took place at 4.16am out to sea, 8km deep in the neighbouring coastal waters.
Southport, Merseyside and the Isle of Man also felt tremors, as well as counties Kildae, Carlow and Wicklow in Ireland.
“The earth certainly moved for us,” said Gwynedd resident Peter Wilkinson to Sky News. Wilkinson owns a campsite a mile from the epicentre, “I woke with a start and thought that the corner of the house had fallen off.
“I got up to see if something had fallen over in the room and went to check all of the rooms, but there wasn’t any sign,” he added.
BGS expert Davie Galloway explained that there are approximately 150 to 200 earthquakes per year in Britain, and that they had lots of reports from last night’s tremor:
“We’ve had about 40 or 50 people contact us last night with comments like ‘the windows shook, the rumbling seemed to come beneath our feet, it was like a lorry crashing into the house’,” Galloway told the BBC.
Galloway believes that north west Scotland and north Wales are probably the most seismically active areas in the UK.
In 1984, the Llyn Peninsula wa shit by a 5.4 earthquake – the largest recorded on-shore earthquake in the UK.
Experts expect minimal damage from last night’s quake – including fallen objects, cracks in buildings but no major injuries.