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Earthquake hits Birmingham, panicking residents

An earthquake of magnitude 3.2 struck Birmingham on Monday evening, with residents terrified who rushed to social media to talk about how their homes suddenly shook.

Concerned residents in Birmingham and the Black country have taken to social media to speak of their astonishment at the earthquake that struck Monday night. The epicenter is believed to have been near Walsall, near the M6 ​​motorway.

Earthquake hits Birmingham, panicking residents

5.3 earthquake strikes England

Large parts of England were hit at dawn on Wednesday by the strongest earthquake in more than 25 years.

Many citizens from different parts of England reported that the tremor occurred after midnight on Tuesday, lasting between 10 and 15 seconds.

The BBC has received phone calls from many residents of Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, the city of Manchester and the county of Berkshire reporting that they have felt an earthquake.

Birmingham earthquake

The people of Birmingham, in central England, felt the tremor at about one o'clock in the afternoon. The only reported losses were the injury of an elderly man due to the fall of a chimney in a house.

And the US Geological Survey announced later that the epicenter of the quake, with a magnitude of 4.7, was in the area (Kingston upon Hull), 205 kilometers north of London.

However, the British Geological Survey announced that the earthquake had a magnitude of 5.3 on the Richter scale.

The Manchester region and its vicinity were subjected to an earthquake in 2002, which measured five degrees on the Richter scale and caused material damage.

A Walsall resident said: “We were just sleeping and thought there was a crash or an explosion near us. Confused by the rumbling sound, we searched the doors and went to make sure everything was alright outdoors. And 5 of our neighbors were also completely confused.”

Another wrote: “It's been a crazy week with this plus 3 storms; Very strong winds and rain that has never happened before.” One tweeted: "I was in bed and just heard a voice. The house shook and it felt like a car had crashed into the house.” Another comment read: “The West Midlands was literally shaking just before 11pm. Yes, there was an earthquake.”

One of the residents said that he was in his bed to sleep and felt that the house was shaking. I thought someone was trying to get into the house.” People in other areas also reported on social media that they felt the Birmingham earthquake, including Wolverhampton, Dudley and Forsbury.

The US Geological Survey said the quake occurred at a depth of 10 km and had a magnitude of 3.2. "Based on the initial seismic data, the earthquake was not supposed to cause any significant damage, but it was probably felt by many people as a slight shaking in the epicenter area," VolcanoDiscovery stated.

source :mirror