Earthquake felt in south Wales as houses ‘rumble’ and walls ‘shake’

Small tremors were felt in Ebbw Vale, Wales (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Small tremors were felt in Ebbw Vale, Wales (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

South Wales residents were suddenly woken up last night as a magnitude 4.6 earthquake shook homes.

Locals likened the eerie sound to a “rumble”, while others likened the noise to an oncoming car.

It is believed to have measured between 3.8 and 4.2 on the magnitude scale.

The first quake was reported just before midnight.

Earthquake in Wales

A small earthquake was registered just before midnight (Image:

Cath Willcox from Cwm in Blaenau Gwent told Sky News: “I felt the earthquake and was very concerned. This made our house shake, it was loud and the rumble from it was clearly felt.

“We are four to five miles from the epicenter of the earthquake.”

She added: “The village is in Cwm Ebbw Vale. An old mining village, which was teeming with life at the peak of coal mining. This is not the wake-up call we wanted.

The quake’s epicenter was about 12km from Abertillera at a depth of about 2km – which is considered “very shallow”.

Many have taken to social media to share their confusion.

Aysia Bibi wrote: “Earthquake in Wales!! He just pulled me out of bed.

The Time for Geography account added: “We had an earthquake in South Wales last night. Our team in Cardiff has been woken up by the shaking. Has anyone else felt this?

A similarly minor quake was felt in Cornwall yesterday.

Many residents living between Redruth and Mabe reported their house “shaking” around 6:30am.

VolcanoDiscovery confirmed that the earthquake occurred approximately 9.3km south of Redruth at 6:31am.

Although its magnitude is said to be “unknown”, the depth of the earthquake was 10 km and the strength of the tremor was described as “very weak”.

One resident said: “I heard a boom and thought it was thunder.”

A fourth said, “It sounded like a big truck was coming towards the house (even though we don’t live on the road) and it got louder, then the house shook and went away.”

Another said: “I thought it was a large vehicle passing by my house.”

The last recorded earthquake in Cornwall occurred in late October 2022. This earthquake occurred around 6.42pm in Penpol, near Truro on Tuesday 25th October and had a magnitude of 0.5.

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