Last Updated: Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Earthquake confirmed in Winchester, Hampshire

An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.9 has been recorded in Hampshire, the British Geological Survey confirmed.

According to the British Geological Survey, the quake's epicentre was approximately 1 km northeast of the centre of Winchester. It was 1.9 miles deep.

Following British Geological Survey automatic online questionnaire survey, over 230 felt reports have been received, almost all of them coming from within a 10 km radius of the epicentre, covering Winchester and its surrounding hamlets.

Over half the reports described the shaking strength of the earthquake to be moderate, mainly with a trembling effect, and described the sound strength as moderate to loud.

Lots of calls from concerned residents in the Kingsworthy area have been received following reports of something which "felt like an explosion which shook their houses", Hampshire Constabulary said BBC.

The UK is not generally associated with earthquakes, however, between 20 to 30 earthquakes are felt by people each year, the British Geological Survey has written in its website.

The largest known British earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 occurred near the Dogger Bank in 1931. The biggest earthquake in 87 years hit Jersey, Channel Islands last July.

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