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Rare natural disaster rattles Wales, southern England

Rare natural disaster rattles Wales, southern England

Their early reports say the natural disaster measured 4.4 at a depth of 7.4km, with the epicentre 20km away from Swansea.

According to a study, earthquakes of this magnitude occur in the United Kingdom every two to three years.

Tina Anton wrote on Twitter: "Just had a tremor as in natural disaster in Cornwall!"

Alex Morss added: "This sounds odd, but I think I just felt an #earthquake right under me here in Bristol, UK?!"

Early indications state the quake had a magnitude of 4.7 and was recorded at 2.31pm.

Laura Davies posted: 'Felt very strong here in Cardiff #earthquake'.

Ann Lewis, from Aberdare, also told the newspaper: "I'm just a bit shook up, it was very odd".

'The last one I experienced was in the 1980s when I lived in Pembrokeshire'.

People closer-by described their shock when the tremor first hit. Residents as far north as Blackpool, as far south as Roche in Cornwall and as far east as Reading felt the effects.

One Lancastrian, Emmy Bell, took to Twitter to say that her auto was rocked in Asda vehicle park in Deepdale.

South Wales Police have told people not to call emergency services unless they have something to report, such as injuries or damage.

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