On Saturday night an earthquake shook the north of England. Social media went crazy with reports from people who felt the tremor. The epicenter of the quake was at Grimsby.
The British Geological Survey (BSG) said the seismic event took place at 11.14pm at a depth of 18 kilometres (11 miles), with its epicentre in the north-east Lincolnshire seaside town. No serious damage is thought to have been caused.
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The hashtag #HullEarthquake was used on Twitter for people to share their experiences. “Picture fell off daughter’s wall around 11:15 and frame broke. Glad to know it wasn’t my DIY skills to blame,” one wrote. “Make sure to mark yourself safe on Facebook,” quipped another.
“2018, things are bad right now, had to break out emergency rations ... Water running out ( ... of taps while I fill kettle for a cuppa),” wrote another, with a picture of some field rations.
Yorkshire Tea issued a tongue-in-cheek alert on social media: “We’re hearing reports of minor tea spillages after last night’s #earthquake in Grimsby. Stay safe out there, people!”
FreshPlaza has been assured that no fruit or vegetables were harmed in the quake!
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The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), an independent earthquake monitoring organisation, said it had received reports from more than 600 witnesses as far as 60 miles (100km) from the epicentre.
The quake came nearly a decade after a 5.2-magnitude earthquake in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, was felt across England and Wales.
Despite the excited reactions online, the BSG said earthquakes of similar magnitude occur about every two years in the UK, with 8,000 larger earthquakes annually around the world.