Massive earthquake in England and Wales: For British standards

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A 4.4  quake was felt over all of Wales, most of western England, as far east as London and as far north as the southern edge of the Lake District, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said.

Events of this magnitude happen in the UK every three to five years, the BGS said.

Roger Musson, from the BGS, said it was the largest earthquake in mainland Britain for the last 10 years – since one with a magnitude of 5.2 struck in 2008 in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire.

The epicenter was approximately 20km north-north-east of Swansea and at a depth of 7.4km, it added.

There have been no significant reports of serious damage or injuries, except for some chairs turned upset down at a BBQ party in Wales.

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