Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Earth tremor

I've just been sat here working at my PC, it's 1:28 am now,around 30 minutes ago the wall here in my attic started to shake and my stuff on my shelves wobble, I had my headphones on so I took them off and listed to hear if it was windy outside, it didn't feel like the wind as it's been windy more than the last few days before but it's never shook the walls or the shelves. Felt like an Earth Tremor.
Just looked at the BBC site and there has been a report

Earth tremor felt across England

People from across large parts of England have reported an earth tremor.

The BBC has received calls from people in Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Manchester, Berkshire and the West Midlands about a "quake".

The tremor could be felt in central Birmingham at about 0100 GMT but it is unclear if it has caused any damage.

The West Midlands was hit by an earthquake in 2002 in the Dudley area that reached 5.0 on the Richter scale and caused damage to homes.

Now that's a hell of a long way from here but I did feel the tremor even if it was just for a brief 10-15 second shake.

The BBC said the epicenter was near Hull and felt as far north as Newcastle, a bit further up north from here in Middlesbrough.



Natalie said...

Strange! Mentally I do not equate earth tremors with your corner of the globe. Hopefully all the "excitement" is over.

allen said...

Yeah, wow, I just read about the quake on the net! Wanted to check in and make sure you all were okay! Sounds like you are, but after shocks can be worse. Best thoughts and prayers for your family and friends.

Steve said...

So I wasn't dreaming! Hull is a long way from where I am in Warwickshire but it really made the house shake!

Michael G Clark said...

I blame cthulhu.

Thats quite a quake for the UK, lucky no one was hurt with stuff falling off roofs.

Andrew Glazebrook said...

It would seem it was felt as far as Aberdeen and even over in Amsterdam. Spoke to my parents this morning up here and my Mam thought there house was subsiding or something and the house was going to disappear into a hole.
First time I've ever felt an earth tremor, it really felt like a huge articulated lorry passing the house or something, bizarre. Cheers for the comments all !!
5.3 magnitude quake is what they're saying.

I. N. J. Culbard said...

Well, here in Nottingham the entire house started shaking. Started with what felt like a sort of weird boom under the house. Like the house had gone over a speed bump! And then the shaking started. My desk felt like it was jumping up and down. Ran through to grab my son thinking the roof was going to collapse. And then it stopped.

I remember the one from 2002. We lived in a flat in Notts. It felt more like a shudder compared to this one. This one felt like everything was moving up and down, the tremor back then felt more like it was moving side to side if you get my meaning. It started with the front door rattling downstairs, we thought someone was trying to break in, then you could feel the direction it was moving in as it rattled the bed head and moved down the bed. I jumped out of bed and ran to the window and watched as the car alarms went off down the street in a line as it moved away. Lights coming on like a Mexican wave. Like something out of a Spielberg movie, know what I mean, where you have this rush of case and then eerie calm. And then it was all deathly quiet.

Michael G Clark said...

Perhaps that's why i didn't sleep all night. Never felt the shake but my lizard brain may have got the 'fear.'

paulhd said...

I was reading in bed when it 'hit', kept me up a bit longer as it fair rattled my book cases which are already overloaded precariously and position very close to my side of the bed. Still, once I finished my comic I was all nice and calm again. Comics cure all!

Annie said...

Hi Andrew, I live near to Steve in Warwickshire and I slept through it I'm afraid. I miss all the exciting stuff!

Moonwatcher said...

Didn't feel a thing, though people at work did, must have slept right through it.