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Brits Reacted In The Most British Way Possible To The Swansea Earthquake

Chris Ogden

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Brits Reacted In The Most British Way Possible To The Swansea Earthquake

However polite and reserved we may be compared to other nations, the UK doesn't have a lot of respect for tragedy. After all, this is the country that coined Keep Calm and Carry On, that slogan beloved of t-shirts and tea mugs everywhere.

Still, people across the UK were a little shaken up today after a relatively powerful earthquake struck Wales at just after 2.30pm earlier this afternoon.

Brits as far away as north-west and south-west England felt the quake, which had its epicentre 20km away from the city of Swansea in south Wales.


Although the earthquake was the fifth strongest seismic event to hit the UK since 2000, thankfully no one appears to have been seriously hurt so far.

That didn't prevent us having fun with the situation though, as Brits used the opportunity to riff off the decidedly underwhelming earthquake.

Very quickly after the quake, Brits took to Twitter to post pictures and videos about the 'tragic' seismic event - with their tongues firmly in their cheeks.

One guy clearly wasn't satisfied with the impact of the quake as he sought to recreate it - weirdly, in his bathroom:


Another guy called the earthquake 'devastating', sharing a picture of a knocked over cup of tea. That is a major disaster in this country, to be fair.

Other people shared pictures of bins and lawn chairs knocked over, saying 'South Wales will rebuild!' I'm sure they'll manage it in no time at all.


Of course, no one will ever pass up a chance to rip on the reputation of the Welsh, and someone did exactly that by sharing a picture of a sheep on its back:

Al in all, the earthquake was a storm in a teacup - literaly, a far cry from the earthquake near Alaska just a few weeks ago which had people fearing they'd be swamped by a tsunami:




Between 200 and 300 earthquakes are detected and located in the UK each year, and the vast majority of them never amount to very much at all.

With so few natural disasters to deal with, you can't blame Brits for wanting a piece of the action. Even though it'd no doubt be a lot less funny if anything serious actually happened.

Featured Image Credit: US Geological Survey

Topics: UK News, Earthquake, News, Wales

Chris Ogden
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