Black Country and Staffordshire feel tremors of 4.4 magnitude Welsh earthquake

By Jamie Brassington | News | Published: | Last Updated:

A minor earthquake which struck south Wales this afternoon was felt in parts of the Black Country and Staffordshire.

British Geological Survey real-time seismogram

The 4.4 magnitude earthquake struck yesterday approximately 20km (12.5 miles) north-east of Swansea at a depth of 7.4km, the British Geological Survey said.

There has been around 4,000 reports of the earthquake across England and Wales, said the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, with people feeling it up to 300 miles away from the impact.

The British Geological Survey said earthquakes of this magnitude only happen in the UK every two to three years.

Alison Adams, from Tipton, said: "Blimey! Was that what it was?! The sofa shook, I thought next door were doing some diy!"

Dave Baker, from Stourbridge, added: "My plasterboard walls made cracking noises and my electricity fuse box lid opened! Thought a car had hit my block i live in!"

Express & Star readers also reported feeling tremors in Great Bridge, Kidderminster, Netherton, Walsall, Coseley and Stafford.


Among those was Lynn Jeavons, who was over at her friend's house in Hurst Hill, Coseley.

Lynn, aged 59 from Lanesfield, said: "It was really weird. I was just sitting down on the sofa when it started shaking about, it was only a matter of seconds, and I said 'did you feel that?'

"I phoned my daughter who was at home and she felt it too."

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
Senior Multi-Media Journalist - @JamieB_Star

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