29/05/2013

Wales Earthquake Felt In Ireland

The tremors of an earthquake that occurred in Wales this morning have been felt across the Irish Sea.

The earthquake happened on the Lleyn Peninsula at about 3:15 in the early hours of this morning and was felt across North Wales as well as on the Isle of Man (140km to the north), Southport (140km to the north-east) and Ireland (110km to the west).

According to the British Geological Survey, one report said: "the whole house was rocking and I was awoken by the bed shaking" and "the whole house was vibrating".

The shaking typically lasted for 10-20 seconds.

RTÉ News reported the earthquake was felt in Carlow, Kildare, Wicklow, Wexford and Dublin.

At a magnitude of 3.8, the quake is the largest in north Wales since a magnitude 4.3 on 18 August 1984.

The epicentre is approximately 20km west of the epicentre of the largest recorded earthquake on mainland Britain, which occurred on 19 July 1984 with a magnitude of 5.4.

(IT/MH)


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