Earthquake in UK sparks alarm as ‘big rumble’ wakes dogs

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An earthquake measuring 1.0 on the Richter scale was recorded in a UK town over the weekend. Communities in the Conwy Valley and beyond reported hearing a “big rumble sound” on Sunday evening around 8pm

Some residents mistook the noise for thunder or a passing vehicle, but the British Geological Survey (BGS) confirmed the area had suffered a mini earthquake.

The earthquake was recorded at a depth of 6km with the epicentre given as “3km north-north-east of the village of Dolgarrog, Conwy”.

From this data, it suggests that the quake was centred near Llyn Syberi towards Eglwysbach.

The quake was picked up by BGS’ network of seismic sensors at 8.10pm on Sunday, but they say that no local residents reported the incident.

Instead, those who had heard the “rumble” took to social media to share their experience.

NorthWales Live reports that Facebook users, from Rowen down to Llanrwst commented on what they heard.

Some residents expressed disbelief, with one woman saying her husband shouted down the hall: “What the hell was that?”

Another said: “I just muted TV in Trefriw wondering what I heard.”

While others commented on the impact of their beloved pets, with many saying that their dogs growled and barked at the noise.

Others on the social media platform speculated where the noise originated from.

Someone from Rowen suspected it was the neighbour’s motorbike starting up, while a woman in Dolgarrog thought someone was putting the bins out nearby.

A third person suspected the noise was a sonic boom, before adding: “Phew, glad it wasn’t just me that heard it!”

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Measuring at 1.0 on the Richter scale, it is considered to be a “micro earthquake”.

These “micro earthquakes” are relatively commonplace in the UK, but this incident marks the largest in the North Wales region since 2019.

Two years ago, a 1.5 magnitude earthquake struck the village of Beddgelert, Gwynedd.

A similar magnitude earthquake hit the Treuddyn area of Flintshire in November 2018.

Prior to Sunday’s earthquake, the most recent quake was a 0.9 magnitude one in the Dolbenmaen area of Gwynedd in January 2020.

A further tremor with the same magnitude was recorded in Dolgarrog the previous November.

Typically quakes of this magnitude go unnoticed by residents and remain unreported.

A BGS spokesperson said of the Dolgarrog quake: “To date, the BGS has received no direct reports that it was felt.”

The British Geological Survey invites people to record what they felt during a quake via a questionnaire on their website.

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