Last Updated: Friday, May 22, 2015

Ramsgate earthquake shakes London Friday morning

Magnitude 4.0 light earthquake hit United Kingdom today at 02:52 am local time, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located just 2 km (1mi) W of Ramsgate. It was 3.1 miles deep.

Tremor was well felt in Minster, Ash, Wingham, Birchington-on-Sea, Ramsgate, Margate, Broadstairs, Canterbury and London.

In October 2014, earthquake with a magnitude of 2.6 hit Mansfield, Nottingham.

The UK is not generally associated with earthquakes, however, between 20 to 30 earthquakes are felt by people each year, British Geological Survey mentions in its website. A magnitude 4 earthquake happens in Britain roughly every two years.

The largest known British earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 occurred near the Dogger Bank in 1931.

01:52 UTC (local time: 02:52; 2015-05-22 @ epicenter)

london earthquake epicenter map

Epicenter Location
2 km (1mi) W of Ramsgate, United Kingdom
4 km (2mi) SW of Broadstairs, United Kingdom
5 km (3mi) S of Margate, United Kingdom
18 km (11mi) ESE of Herne Bay, United Kingdom
106 km (66mi) E of London, United Kingdom

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