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Shropshire houses shook as the county became the epicentre of an earthquake in late May

by Webmaster, 1st June 2022

Shropshire houses shook as the county became the epicentre of a surprise earthquake in late May

Natural phenomenon, like tornados and earthquakes, may be more likely to happen in faraway places like Japan and Indonesia, but on Monday 30th May a seismic shock went throughout Shropshire. 

The 3.8 magnitude earthquake was recorded by The British Geological Survey (BGS), who said the tremor happened at a depth of 8km (5 miles), near Wem in the north of the county.

Residents of nearby towns and villages including Shrewsbury, Telford, and High Ercall reported their homes shaking and one resident said her legs "turned to jelly" as she felt her bedroom floor shuddering beneath her.

The epicentre was just south of Market Drayton between the villages of Stanton upon Hine Heath, Weston-under-Redcastle and Hodnet.

Julie Williams lives in Wem and was upstairs when the earthquake hit. “I heard a thud and a shudder through the bedroom floor and knew straight away what it was. It shocked me," she said. "My legs went to jelly."

While Patricia Ford, from Hodnet, was in the kitchen when she felt the thud.

"I couldn't believe it," she said. "It felt like a lorry hitting your house."

BGS said an earthquake of this magnitude only tends to happen once every three years in the UK, In 1996, a 3.4 magnitude quake was recorded less than 10km away from Monday's earthquake in Wem. And six years earlier in 1990, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake hit another Shropshire town of Bishop's Castle. 

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