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4.7 Magnitude Earthquake Hits UK



An earthquake hit the UK with thousands of people reporting tremors across England from as far as Cornwall to Liverpool. Its epicentre fell about eight miles northeast of Swansea city centre, according to the US Geological Survey, sparking an evacuation at Swansea University.

The EMSC, an independent scientific organisation based in Paris, said it measured 4.7 on the Richter scale, at a depth of 10km.

Tremors were felt up to 300km, 190 miles, from the epicentre. It is the fifth biggest earthquake ever recorded in the UK and the biggest to rock Britain in ten years.

EMSC estimated around 10 million people would have felt the quake when it struck yesterday, and some small aftershocks following the quake.

Dyfed-Powys Police in Wales confirmed the tremor had been felt in its control room and they were experiencing a high volume of calls in relation to the incident.

Swansea University was evacuated after the quake.