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Thursday 25 December 2014

Irish Sea earthquake shakes residents in their beds

The epicentre of the earthquake in the Irish Sea was 15km away from the town of Abersoch, Gwynedd, in Wales. Map by European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.
The epicentre of the earthquake in the Irish Sea was 15km away from the town of Abersoch, Gwynedd, in Wales. Map by European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.
The location where a 3.8 magnitude earthquake, close to North Wales hit, that was felt over an an area of 140km by people who reported "intense shaking". Image, reproduced by permission of the British Geological Survey.
The location where a 3.8 magnitude earthquake, close to North Wales hit, that was felt over an an area of 140km by people who reported "intense shaking". Image, reproduced by permission of the British Geological Survey.
The seismogram of a level 3.8 magnitude earthquake, that hit close to North Wales, that was felt over an an area of 140km by people who reported "intense shaking". Image reproduced by permission of the British Geological Survey.

An earthquake in the Irish Sea has been felt by people in Ireland, England and Wales.

The quake rocked areas of Leinster, including parts of Carlow, Kildare, Wicklow and Dublin, at about 4.15am on Wednesday morning.

Scores of people reported "intense shaking" and a rumbling noise lasting up to five seconds

The epicentre of the earthquake in the Irish Sea was 15km away from the town of Abersoch, Gwynedd, in Wales, and measured a magnitude of 3.8, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said.

It happened at around 4.15am and was felt as far away as Southport in Merseyside.

More than 100 reports from people who felt the earthquake have been made to the BGS, who said the majority were within a 100km radius.

"This was a larger than average earthquake, we get around one a year of this size," it said.

"People have reported hearing an initial loud banging, followed by rumbling, and intense shaking."

The tremor was too small to cause any damage, but residents took to Twitter to share their experience.

Shuana Casey wrote: “Omg actually can't believe I experienced an earthquake in Ireland...freaked me out”

Just Frank gave a humourous take, writing: “Tremors reported in Dublin after earthquake over Irish Sea. They're trying to freak us out before the game. #England #Ireland #Wembley”

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