Earthquake felt in South Wales as houses ‘shook’ and walls ‘shook’

Minor tremors were felt in the Ebbw Valley in Wales (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Minor tremors were felt in the Ebbw Valley in Wales (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

People in South Wales were jolted awake last night as a 4.6 magnitude earthquake shook homes.

Locals compared the eerie sound to a “buzz”, while others compared the noise to an oncoming car.

It is thought to have measured between 3.8 and 4.2 on the magnitude scale.

The earthquake was first reported shortly before midnight.

Earthquake in Wales

A small earthquake struck just before midnight (Image:

Cath Willcox, from Cwm in Blaenau Gwent, told Sky News: “I felt the earthquake and I was really worried. It made our house shake, it was loud and the hum from it was clearly noticeable.

“We are four to five miles from the epicenter.”

He added: “The village is in Cwm Ebbw Vale. An old mining village that used to see a lot of action at the height of coal mining. This is not a wake-up call we wanted.’

The epicenter was about 12km from Abertillery at a depth of about 2km – which is said to be “very shallow”.

Many had taken to social media to share their confusion.

Aysia Bibi wrote: “Earthquake in Wales!! He just shook me out of bed.’

The Time for Geography account added: “We had an earthquake last night in south Wales. Our team in Cardiff woke up to the shaking. Did anyone else feel it?’

Yesterday, a similar small earthquake was felt in Cornwall.

Some residents living between Redruth and Mabe reported feeling their house “shaking” at around 6.30am.

It has been confirmed by VolcanoDiscovery that the quake struck about 9.3km south of Redruth at 6.31am.

Although its magnitude is said to be “unknown”, the depth of the earthquake was 10 kilometers and the magnitude of the earthquake was described as “very weak”.

One resident said: “I heard a rumble and thought it was thunder.”

A fourth said: “It sounded like a great big lorry coming towards the house (even though we don’t live on a road) and it got louder then the house shook and went away.”

Another said: “I thought it was a big vehicle going past my house.”

The last recorded earthquake in Cornwall was at the end of October 2022. This earth quake happened at about 6.42pm. at Penpol, near Truro, on Tuesday 25 October and measured 0.5 on the Richter scale.

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