On Saturday a 4.4-magnitude earthquake struck Britain, causing damage to buildings from Cornwall to Blackpool. The earthquake knocked objects off walls and caused lights to flicker. The tremor was compared by those who experienced it from a car crash to a “massive explosion.”
According to the British Geological Survey, the epicenter fell about eight miles northeast of Swansea city center, close to the village of Clydach, reported the Independent.
The Mirror reported that the earthquake was felt by as many as 10 million Britons, as far away as 200 miles from the epicenter of Cwmllynfell.
In the immediate aftermath, confusion and panic set in as Britons struggled to make sense of the natural disaster. Reportedly, this was the strongest earthquake in South Wales in more than 100 years.
Actor Michael Sheen’s father, Meyrick, a native of Baglan, Wales, said he had never experienced anything like it before, comparing it to a “massive explosion.”
In an interview with WalesOnline, he said, “We have lived here for 40 years and we have never experienced anything like this before, it felt like a massive explosion underground. The walls shook, the lights flashed and the pictures were shaking. It was frightening.”
Donna Sinclair, 52, a resident of Mount Pleasant in Waterloo, told the Liverpool Echo that her entire house started shaking.
“I was in my house and it shook – the chair moved across the floor. … It frightened the life out of me – I was that frightened I went onto the floor. I posted on Facebook immediately.”
She added, “I thought maybe I was crazy but as soon as it happened people said they felt it too.”
Please pray for the families and victims of this tragic natural disaster. Be sure to read about the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that shook Mexico recently.