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Bangor shaken by earthquake 3.0 in magnitude

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Map provided by the British Geological Survey showing the location of the quake

Map provided by the British Geological Survey showing the location of the quake

Bangor was today shaken by an earthquake with an epicentre off the coast of Anglesey near Caenarfon airport lasting a few seconds. The British Geological Survey measured the quake at 16:41 local time with a magnitude of 3.0 on the Richter scale and with a depth of 9km. The quake was felt throughout Anglesey, Gwynedd , Conwy and North Wales. This quake follows Britain’s biggest in seven years which measured 4.2 and hit Kent last Friday.

Witnesses in Bangor reported feeling the earth shake and loud rumbling or banging noises. North Wales Police have said they’ve received calls about the earthquake but have had no reports of damage or disruption. 

The British Geographical Survey are also asking people to report their experience even if they didn’t notice anything to help map the effects of the quake.

Earthquakes in the UK were not uncommon with between 200-300 occurring every year but only about a three a year happen at magnitude 3 or more on the mainland. Earthquakes are not uncommon in this area as Gwynedd is the Welsh county to have the most earthquakes in the last 15 years. One Twitter user even captured the ‘dramatic’ moment on video:

 

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