UK Struck By 3.3 Magnitude Earthquake Overnight
According to the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program, the tremor measured 3.3 on the Richter scale.
Any quake that measures less than 4 on the Richter scale is considered 'small' or 'minor', but people may still feel it and some objects may shake. These rarely cause any damage.
ITV weather presenter and meteorologist Laura Tobin tweeted to ask if anyone had felt the earthquake this morning, adding that there had been no reports of damage.
Did you feel an #earthquake this morning? One hit near Gatwick at 3:43am and measured magnitude 3.7, early reports said
There were no reports of damage@GMB pic.twitter.com/JaDZvC9LlM
- Laura Tobin (@Lauratobin1) February 27, 2019
One person replied: "Yes! House shook, wardrobes/windows rattled...was such a bizarre sensation!"
Someone else wrote: "Yes we did, the whole house shook, made both my husband and I jump out of bed, and say what the 'bleep' was that...even the dog came running in!"
A third said: "Yes got woken by it last night. Thought it was lorry."
Dr Stephen Hicks, a seismologist from Imperial College, London, also tweeted: "Looks like another strongly felt earthquake as part of the Surrey seismic swarm this morning."
Looks like another strongly felt earthquake as part of the Surrey seismic swarm this morning at ~03:42am. Awaiting location and magnitude from @BritGeoSurvey. Thanks for your felt reports, everyone, and please also send them to @BritGeoSurvey here: https://t.co/zgZTxCa9ka pic.twitter.com/5ESXWt7nHu
- Stephen Hicks (@seismo_steve) February 27, 2019
Surrey has been struck by several earthquakes recently, with three tremors felt on 1 April 2018. According to the BBC, the first had a magnitude of 2.7 while the second was 1.8 and the third - which hit an hour later - measured 1.7.
Then on 28 April there was a fourth quake, which measured 1.5, followed by a fifth on 27 June (2.6) and a sixth on 29 June (2.4).
The seventh and biggest earthquake, which occurred on 5 July, measured 3.0.
In December, Blackpool was also hit by an earthquake, which prompted fracking at the UK's only active shale gas site to be suspended.
Featured Image Credit: USGS