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West Midlands Hit By Earthquake Tremor

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Residents of the West Midlands have taken to social media, stating they felt an ‘earthquake type tremor’ around 23:00 (21/02/22). People from Wolverhampton, Wednesbury, Walsall, Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield and as far as Worcestershire all felt the same tremor, described by one person as a “rumbling noise”. Another described the experienceย  “as though the whole house was shaking”.

The tremor was minutes later confirmed and recorded by volcanodiscovery.com as a Magnitude 3.2 Earthquake, with an origin 5.4km Northeast of West Bromwhich around the Wolverhampton area.

 


The tremor has also been confirmed by earthquake.usgs.gov as a Magnitude 3.2 Earthquake which took place 7km from Birmingham.

 


The last major earthquake in the West Midlands happened nearly 20 years ago, as an earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter Scale was recorded during the early hours of 23rd September 2002 near Himley in Dudley.

 


The earthquake comes following days of disruption due to Storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin battering the West Midlands.

It is not yet known whether the quake has caused any significant damage in the surrounding areas.

Written by: Calum Wilkes

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