The UK isn't exactly known for having extreme weather conditions (although we are apparently due for a last-ditch summer this week...), so the news that yesterday a genuine, actual earthquake hit England has come as quite a surprise!
It's reported by the BBC that the tremor measured 3.3 on the Richter scale, which is towards the lower end (the maximum magnitude being a 9), and that it was felt in a few different English towns, including Leighton Buzzard and Dunstable, Bedfordshire, and Milton Keynes and Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. The quake is believed to have hit at around 9.45am yesterday morning.
Obviously in the moment it could have been quite scary for anybody caught up in it (an earthquake is hardly something you expect to happen over here in Blighty), but Thames Valley Police have sought to reassure any worried members of the public, by tweeting out a rather jokey response.
"Felt the earth move this morning?," they wrote, alongside an image of a spilled cup of tea and an officer's hat. "We can confirm that an earthquake occurred just over the border in Bedfordshire. While not a major incident it has been confirmed that extra resources have been drafted in to clean up the mess created by the duty inspector's coffee #earthquake."
Felt the earth move this morning? We can confirm that an earthquake occurred just over the border in Bedfordshire. While not a major incident it has been confirmed that extra resources have been drafted in to clean up the mess created by the duty inspector's coffee #earthquake pic.twitter.com/V8VjAMheNp— TVP Aylesbury Vale (@TVP_Aylesbury) September 8, 2020
A yoga teacher, Lydia Strange (who uses the handle @LydiaWellness) rather remarkably caught the quake on camera as she filmed a live online class. Sharing the clip on her Instagram, she can be seen in the video pausing her moves when a rumbling sound appears for a few seconds, before saying, "I don't know what that was... it just felt like there was an earthquake!".
She captioned the video: "The confusion as earthquake happens mid live session! What an interesting Tuesday morning... “I don’t know what that was!” ... I thought my house was going to fall down. Phew."
Thankfully there are no reports of any serious injuries following the incident, which is believed to be one of two quakes that occur annually in this country (seriously, is nobody else surprised by this?).
Dr Richard Luckett, of the British Geological Survey, said, "It was very minor on a global scale, but still quite large for the UK. We get about two of these a year." He added that aftershocks are possible, but unlikely to be felt.
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