UK county rocked by 3.8 magnitude earthquake as trembles felt by 'many residents'

The quake hit at 2.36pm today, the British Geological Survey said

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A 3.8 magnitude earthquake has been recorded in the centre of Shropshire, the third quake to hit the UK in less than 24 hours.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) said the earthquake hit just to the east of the town of Wem at a depth of seven kilometres (4.35 miles) at 2.36pm on Monday.

The epicentre was between the villages of Stanton upon Hine Heath, Weston-under-Redcastle and Hodnet.

The earthquake hit to the east of the town of Wem, Shropshire
The earthquake hit to the east of the town of Wem, Shropshire

The earthquake was “felt by many residents in the region (mainly from within around 60km of the epicentre)”, said the BGS.

It added that people were reporting effects like “my chair wobbled”, “house felt like it moved from left to right”, “noticeable shaking coming through the floor”, “noticed an odd trembling through my office chair, faint but persisted for about three seconds” and “all the windows rattled”.

It was the third earthquake with a magnitude of more than two to hit the UK in the last 24 hours.

A 2.1-magnitude earthquake was recorded in Arran, North Ayrshire, Scotland just before 8am on Monday.

A quake with a magnitude of 2.3 struck in Sale, Greater Manchester, at 8.40pm on Sunday, according to the BGS.

West Mercia Police and Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service said they had not yet been called to any reports of incidents related to the quake.

In February, a 2.8 magnitude earthquake hit the West Midlands near the town of Walsall, near Birmingham, at a depth of seven kilometres (4.35 miles).