June 30, 2022

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Cornwall hit by earthquake, ‘feels like a grenade was flying’

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The British Geological Survey said it had a magnitude of 0.1 (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

An earthquake ‘strong as a grenade’ was recorded in Britain on the Queen’s birth anniversary weekend.

The earthquake occurred at Constantine near Falmouth in Cornwall.

Data from the British Geological Survey (BGS) showed that the quake hit after 7 pm on Friday.

The shallow earthquake in Constantine was only 5 km deep and had a magnitude of just 0.1.

The force of the blast has been described as ‘equivalent to a grenade’.

But the locals said that despite the earthquake, the earth did not move for them at all.

One joked: ‘This extra load of these tourists at the tip of Cornwall is pushing us further into the sea.’

Another overwhelmed local wrote: ‘Felt more tremors when I fell off the bed.’

Often, small earthquakes in the UK are not really felt by the general public.

But earlier this year, a magnitude 5.1 earthquake meant people in Shetland were woken up to the sound of ‘tremors and thunder’.

The tremors were felt in the Norwegian Sea 10 km below the Earth’s surface.

The strength of the movement meant that people’s windows and beds ‘rattled for minutes’.

Ryan Thomson, a resident of Wadbister, Shetland, said he was woken up by something that looked like a ‘low flying jet’.

Tremor Seven reached Aberdeen – more than 300 miles from the Rumble’s epicenter.

The magnitude 5.1 earthquake may be the strongest earthquake recorded in recent months, but it is still less than the 6.1 earthquake in 1931.

Its tremors were felt throughout the British Isles as well as in Belgium and France.

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