Published On: Tue, Sep 8th, 2020

UK earthquake: Panic in Leighton Buzzard as quake ‘violently’ shakes homes across England | UK | News

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Residents in Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire and Slough in Berkshire reported feeling the quake and their “whole house shaking”. While others reported feeling “scared”.

The British Geological Survey said it was investigating reports of an earthquake in Bedfordshire, southern England.

Initial data on the BGS site suggested the earthquake was felt in the region of Leighton Buzzard, in Bedfordshire, at around 8.45am and was magnitude 3.3 at a depth of 10km.

While the LastQuake app, run by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), said the earthquake wass a magnitude of 3.9 on the Richter scale.

“We are getting reports of an earthquake in the Bedfordshire area. We are currently investigating this event and will post again shortly with an update.” 

One Twitter user said: “As if there was just some sort of mini earthquake in Hertfordshire. My bed shook, my windows rattled I was scared for a second.”

Another said: “What the hell was that?! Felt like an earthquake in Bedfordshire. #2020 #earthquake”

The BGS said one report suggested the earthquake was like a “large explosion”.

A tweet said: “BGS is receiving many notifications from press & public in this heavily populated area. Reports include ‘like a convey of HGVs driving past my front door at great speed’, ‘the house had one dramatic shake’, ‘felt like whole house was shaking’ & ‘it was like a large explosion’.

ITV News producer Marcus Chippindale tweeted from Leighton Buzzard: “Pretty sure we just had an earthquake at home. 2020 is not done with us yet.” 

Another said: “I might be dumb but I thought the UK couldn’t get earthquakes. Felt it in Leighton Buzzard, I was scared for a moment.”

The epicentre of the quake was near Slough, in Berkshire. 

One added: “The whole house just shook. Anyone know what just happened in Leighton Buzzard?”

A Twitter user posted: “I’m near Aylesbury and the whole house shook quite violently. Pretty disturbing.”

Bedfordshire Police said the force was taking a “large” number of calls from the public but no injuries have been reported.

A tweet said: “Our control room are currently experiencing a large number of calls due to an earthquake which was felt across the county.

“We have currently received no reports of any injuries or major structural damage.”


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