A 4.3 magnitude quake - which lasted for two minutes - hit Folkestone at 8.19am on April 28, 2007, leaving the Garden of England with widespread damage. Shutterstock. Glad it wasn’t what it sounded like! Share this Last updated: 22 May 2015, 10:10 BST Will obviously see more later when it’s lighter. Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4. The room was rocking side to side, it was a very weird, frightening experience. The US Geological Survey measured the quake as magnitude 4.0. An earthquake hit parts of Kent in the early hours of Friday morning, shaking houses, rattling windows and waking people in the county. The boyfriend's family said that the bed shook and they wondered what it was. A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has been felt in parts of Kent, England, about 100kms east of London. 1 talking about this. The moment the earthquake hit was captured by the instruments on the Tempest gas turbine at the Discovery Park, in Sandwich. David Galloway, a seismologist with the British Geological Survey, said: "The whole of the UK is criss-crossed by thousands of fault lines but most of them are at depth. Our bedroom shutters rattled for 3 - 4 seconds - rather alarming! It shook everything - my bed was bouncing. This year was dominated by the earthquake in Nepal in April, with around 9,000 deaths. GMT/UTC Time : 2015-05-22 01:52:17. The reality was more prosaic, if equally unexpected: the largest earthquake in Britain for five years causing damage that ran into tens of millions of pounds. It gave me a tremendous shock but my son didn't stir! About sharing. 2015-12-30 07:39:29 UTC 52.4 km. So this is the biggest earthquake to hit Britain since a 5.2 magnitude quake in Lincolnshire in 2008, but how often do they strike the UK? He got up to make tea; he thought I was mistaken and that a burglar had climbed onto the scaffolding. For perspective, the recent quake in Nepal was 260,000 times bigger "I actually thought it was an explosion of some sort and not an earthquake. Kent, WA has a very high earthquake risk, with a total of 1,033 earthquakes since 1931. There was a strange rumbling sound. I didn't have a clue what it was at the time until I got up. #Kentearthquake. The Kent earthquake overnight measured magnitude 4.2 on the Richter scale, the largest recorded in Britain since 2007. Scary stuff. Everyone else was asleep, it was just me. Damage in Folkestone after the April 2007 earthquake. In April 2007, a magnitude 4.3 earthquake hit Folkestone, Kent… Lots more Telegraph readers have been in touch to share their experiences of the Kent earthquake. This morning’s earthquake is approx 25km north-east of the 28 April 2007 Folkestone earthquake which had a magnitude of 4.3 ML — BGS (@BritGeoSurvey) May 22, 2015 Today’s 4.2 magnitude Ramsgate earthquake is approx 260,000 times smaller than the 7.8 #NepalQuake event ... 2015. It was truly terrifying and, until I got affirmation on social media that it was indeed a tremor, it was very frightening. I then rang my dad who is local and he said the window started tapping then his bed shook. The force was inundated with calls about the incident after it began receiving reports of the tremor in the East Kent area at around 2.57am. Thought something had collapsed outside, so got up to check. By Michael Rundle. Live scenes in Kent after they had a catastrophic earthquake! Enter a year from 1900 to 2020 Search. Can cause major damage to poorly-constructed buildings, but only over small regions. Police and the fire and rescue service had no reports of structural damage or injuries. We can't predict.". Through 2015 there have been 4,511 earthquakes recorded in the remote Sheldon Wildlife Refuge near Vya, east of Cedarville, Calif. Chris Hill, from Inspired Control Engineering, said although the engine was not running at the time data clearly showed the vibration. "For a few seconds the property was moving. The bed shook and the whole house felt like it shook too. You can read more about the day's events here. "Fortunately we do not live on the plate edges - for example the San Andreas fault in California can actually be seen at the surface, but the faults in the UK are blind and most earthquakes happen at a depth of between 5km and 25km. It happened shortly before 3am. Kent woken up by 4.2 magnitude earthquake – but Twitter seems to be taking it in its stride with hilarious show of ‘solidarity’. Despite months spent in NZ this is my first one that I've felt. There actually was an earthquake and I felt it here in South London! My daughter said she was woken up and her clothes hangers rattling on the door handle, but because we watched the Enfield Haunting before bed, we were both scared to get up. This interactive graphic should help gauge its magnitude compared to others since 2007: We've just delved back into the Telegraph postbag to bring you some more experiences from readers. I heard a loud crack at first, then the house shook for about 20 seconds. Despite months spent in NZ this is my first one that I’ve felt.”. He lost his internet connection, too. 6.1 to 6.9: Can be destructive in areas of up to about 100 km. British Geological Survey. "This means we do not pinpoint a specific earthquake to a specific fault because even if a location is a few hundred metres off it could have been a completely different fault. “At 3am it’s normally quiet,” he told the Guardian. — BGS (@BritGeoSurvey) May 22, 2015 Today's 4.2 magnitude Ramsgate earthquake is approx 260,000 times smaller than the 7.8 #NepalQuake event — BGS (@BritGeoSurvey) May 22, 2015 8.0 or greater: Great earthquake. “Thought door to hotel was being kicked in, woke up alarmed”, “Woke the whole household and neighbours with a bang that lasted 1-2 seconds”, "Walls of house creaked, sounded like heavy object rolling over roof of the house”, “Noise and the whole building just shaking. The whole house shook. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, based in Paris, said the earthquake measured 4.3 on the Richter scale. The British Geological Survey said there "could be more tremors" following the quake, which it described as "quite significant" and was the biggest felt in Britain for seven years. The Kent incident is the largest recorded in Britain since an earthquake in Dudley in 2002. USGS Earthquake Hazards Program, responsible for monitoring, reporting, and researching earthquakes and earthquake hazards. Kent Police said there have been no reports of injuries or damage to buildings. Latest. "She came to our room and said, 'Did you feel it?' Indeed it shook enough for the porcelain figurines on bathroom windowsill to crash into the bath and break. We've pulled together a full report on the earthquake that hit Kent early today - and explained why the tremor that shook the Garden of England became ripe for ridicule... Want to see how today's Kent earthquake compares to others in Britain in the last few years? Kent earthquake of 4.2 magnitude hits coast - as it happened ... 2015. The Kent earthquake was significantly smaller than that which caused widespread devastation and claimed thousands of lives in Nepal. I had no idea what it was until I saw the news this morning. "In 2005 we had just shy of a magnitude-5," Kent said. This map, from the US Geological Survey, shows the intensity of the earthquake that hit Kent. Buildings shake violently as Britain's biggest tremor in seven years strikes off Ramsgate in early hours - as it happened, • British Geological Survey says 4.2 magnitude quake hits Kent coast• Epicentre 1.4 miles off Ramsgate as tremors felt across region• Buildings shake and walls creak in 10-second quake at around 3am• UK's biggest quake since 5.2 magnitude in Lincolnshire in 2008•. Social media users were quick to make light of the quake, jokingly posting "devastating scenes" of overturned wheelie bins and garden furniture with messages such as "We will rebuild". ITV. Jump to Navigation Significant Earthquakes - 2015. It's fair to say the Kent earthquake was significantly smaller than that which caused widespread devastation and claimed thousands of lives in Nepal. It just cleared.". With no reports of injuries or structural damage caused by the earthquake, the tremor that shook the Garden of England this morning is, well, ripe for ridicule. Graph from a British Geological Survey monitoring station showing the Kent earthquake measuring magnitude 4.2. The organisation tweeted: "Prelim data now online ... 4.2 magnitude earthquake nr Sandwich, Kent.". Email danny.boyle@telegraph.co.uk. Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-05-22 02:52:17. By Michael Rundle. There's already been a flurry of tweets mocking the "disaster" with "devastating scenes" of overturned wheelie bins and garden furniture with messages such as "We will rebuild". By Michael Rundle. At a magnitude of 4.2, it wasn't very strong. That's the end of our live blog after the Kent earthquake - thanks for following. Kent ) - - - - | Quakes (show) all >M3 >M4 >M5 >M6 M7+ / past 24h - past 48h - past week - past 2 weeks / Archive. All the Friday 22nd May 2015 news. Kent also experienced smaller tremors in 1776 and 1950, which were in the "low fours". And we said we had. Seen some devastating scenes online. An earthquake of 4.2 magnitude has hit Kent, shaking buildings and waking up residents. Further afield, a few reports have been received from the Faversham, Chatham, Basildon and Southend-on-Sea areas. I thought 'an earthquake' and I hadn't heard nothing. Kent Earthquake 2015. While the British Geological Survey said it recorded the quake as 4.2 magnitude, other agencies initially recorded varying measurements. Susan Fry, who lives in Ramsgate near the epicentre of the quake, said she felt a "strange rumbling sound" at just before 3am. ITV. More Telegraph readers have been in touch with their stories of feeling this morning's Kent earthquake. All the Friday 22nd May 2015 news. Bed moving. The British Geological Survey has just released more images of seismograms from stations closest to the Kent earthquake epicentre. Share. A spokesman said: “It has now been confirmed parts of east Kent has been affected by an earthquake measuring just 4.3 on the Richter scale (British Geological Survey). All rights reserved. Can cause serious damage in areas several hundred kilometres across. Magnitude 4.2 quake affects Canterbury, Margate and Whitstable, with people jolted from sleep and taking to social media to express their alarm, Fri 22 May 2015 07.16 BST No damage that I can see. Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Kent was last hit by an earthquake in March 2009, with experts recording a … But now there are jokes about the joke on social media. Other Kent residents tweeted their reactions after being woken by the tremors. When was the last earthquake in Britain and how serious was it? pic.twitter.com/9KPBi44z8f. 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However, a spokesman told BBC Radio Kent: "Not all earthquakes have aftershocks. The worst affected area was the town of Folkestone, although the towns of Deal, Dover and Ashford were also affected. "It was awful but there was no damage. A Nepalese woman searches in the rubble of her collapsed house for her family members. The 4.2 magnitude earthquake might have been the biggest to hit Britain in seven years, but the fact the epicentre was 1.4 miles off the Kent coast meant the county escaped physical damage - but it will bring back memories for some. 4.8 17km NNE of Victoria, Canada. But with this my wife said it felt like something different. But tremors were felt across the Kent coast and throughout the region, as this map from the British Geological Survey shows. Which is the largest earthquake on record to have hit Britain? People in east Kent tell of tremors hitting just before 3am this morning. Here are seismograms from stations closest to #KentEarthquake epicentre, get live data here http://t.co/ego5yL8x62 pic.twitter.com/MiN7p5Cijk. Sarah Luddington said: "I was in bed and I went downstairs because I thought something had smashed into the house, like a car or something. It was scary.". Well, maybe. window['24b1e2b2-0726-4b22-b53c-d5a6454e39e5'] = {'axisLabel':'Magnitude','valuePrefix':'','valueSuffix':'','pulloutTitle':'','pulloutItems':'','enableSpillover':false}; So how often do earthquakes hit Britain? Either a giant just bounced on my roof, or I just felt a little earthquake. The earthquake hit Kent in the at 2.57.am on Friday. We're not entirely certain what all the numbers mean, but they certainly show a lot of activity around the same time at just before 3am. It lasted probably less than 10 seconds, but was pretty scary to be woken in such a way and I lay awake for nearly two hours wondering if I'd imagined it but was convinced I hadn't more so because of the door rattling. Britain's biggest earthquake in seven years has hit Kent. Other agencies initially recorded varying measurements, including the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, based in Paris, said the earthquake measured 4.3 on the Richter scale. Quiz; 22 May 2015 The USGS database shows that there is a 87.37% chance of a major earthquake within 50km of Kent, WA within the next 50 years. Well, look no further: we can answer all of those questions - and more - for you here. A strange phemomenon that may or may not be linked to the Kent earthquake. You can find out here with our history of earthquakes in the UK. Under 6.0 At most, slight damage to well-designed buildings. Most of the energy could have been released in this one earthquake and the next one might not be for another three, four, five or 10 years. (Hover over the bars to see the exact magnitude). An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.2 shook windows and caused walls to creak when it struck in the middle of the night in Kent. Earlier this month, Nepal was devastated by an earthquake measuring a huge 7.3 magnitude.. I was woken with a start by the tremor at 02.50ish this morning, felt our bed shaking and bedroom door rattling which was accompanied by what sounded like a distant thunder rumble. Hello and welcome to our liveblog after a magnitude 4.2 earthquake hit Kent at shortly before 3am. Earthquakes the size of the Ramsgate event happen approximately every 2 years in the UK & approximately 4500 times in the world annual, It added: "This morning's earthquake is approx 25km north-east of the 28 April 2007 Folkestone earthquake which had a magnitude of 4.3 ML.". One of the scale of this morning's only happen every two or three years.". Less than 3.5: Generally not felt, but recorded by earthquake monitoring equipment. Here's seismicity map for this morning's 4.2 earthquake, 5km south of Ramsgate, Kent & approx 100km east of London pic.twitter.com/XaF9cRY4gm. "I've looked outside and all appears to be fine in the street. There have been two earthquakes in Kent since 2007, notably another one less than two years later, which was also in Folkestone, on March 3, 2009 but was less severe at 3.0 on the Richter scale. “Lying in bed when the house suddenly shook. May 22, 2015. This image was taken from a seismic monitoring station in Elham, Kent. 2.1 magnitude earthquake 2020-10-11 20:38:24 UTC at 20:38 October 11, 2020 UTC Location: Epicenter at 47.608, -121.733 9.2 km from Fall City (5.2 miles) It was a magnitude of 4.2, shacking windows and causing walls to creak when it struck 1.4 miles off the coast near Ramsgate at 2.52am. Reader Pauline Field, who lives in Borden, near Sittingbourne, has been in touch: The whole house and the wall behind my bed shook. 22 May 2015. Vikki Petts said: "So we just had a 4.3 magnitude earthquake in Kent and my housemates slept through the entire thing. 22 May 2015. Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km. #kent. The earthquake activity that began there in July 2014 has produced 234 earthquakes greater than magnitude 3.0, and 24 earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or larger, including the largest, a magnitude 4.8 on Sept. 14 and a magnitude 4.6 just before Christmas this year. See the live data from our seismic monitoring stations http://t.co/ego5yKQWeu This image is from Elham (ELSH) pic.twitter.com/Pygc39yqoM, Stop wasting billions on testing. I thought someone was shaking me to get up and then realised the whole bloody house is shaking! More than 800 "felt reports" were received by the British Geological Survey (BGS), mainly from residents in Ramsgate, Margate and surrounding areas. 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