Shropshire records 3.8-magnitude earthquake
Earthquake on Monday was third quake with a magnitude of greater than two to hit UK within 24 hours
A 3.8-magnitude earthquake has been recorded in the centre of Shropshire, the third quake to hit the UK within 24 hours.
The British Geological Survey (BGS) said the earthquake hit just to the east of the town of Wem at a depth of 7km (4.35 miles) at 3.36pm on Monday.
The epicentre was between the villages of Stanton upon Hine Heath, Weston-under-Redcastle and Hodnet.
The earthquake was “felt by many residents in the region, mainly from within around 60km of the epicentre”, said the BGS. It added that people reported “noticeable shaking” and an “odd trembling … faint, but persisted for about three seconds”.
It was the third earthquake with a magnitude of more than two to hit the UK in the past 24 hours. A 2.1-magnitude earthquake was recorded in Arran, North Ayrshire, Scotland, just before 9am on Monday, while a quake with a magnitude of 2.3 struck in Sale, Greater Manchester, at 9.40pm on Sunday, according to the BGS.
West Mercia police and Shropshire fire and rescue service told the PA news agency that they had not yet been called to any reports of incidents related to the quake.
In February, a 2.8-magnitude earthquake hit the West Midlands near Walsall, also at a depth of 7km.