Earthquake shakes up Winchester

Published: Tuesday 27th January 2015 by The News Editor

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.9 has been recorded in Winchester.

Hampshire Constabulary said it had received lots of calls from concerned residents in the Kingsworthy area following reports of something which “felt like an explosion which shook their houses”.

The quake, is believed to have hit the Hampshire town at about 6.30pm at a depth of three kilometres, according to the British Geological Survey website.

A police spokesman said it had been speaking to its partner agencies and that no explanation or cause for the shaking could be found.

He said: “No injuries have been reported.

“We will continue to investigate to see if a valid explanation can be found but in the meantime would urge all those who heard or felt it not to be alarmed.

“If we find out what it was, we’ll let you know.”

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service called the earthquake, which happened south of the village of Headbourne Worthy, “impressive” and also tweeted: “Seems like reports of small tremor in #Winchester area this evening true, our crews have been out and found nothing #earthquake.”

Jen Gupta tweetd: “Our house in Winchester just shook enough to rattle glasses in the cupboard, accompanied by a boom sound!”

While Robert Hilton said: “South Wonston just got what seems to be an #earthquake #winchester everyone out on the street, car alarms going off and dogs barking.”

The BGS said it had received a report from a residents who said “the whole bed was visibly shaking” as well as one who said the earthquake sounded “like a bus” crashing “into the neighbours house at speed”.

Another told the BGS: “At least five other households ran outside to make sense of what had shook the houses.”

Published: Tuesday 27th January 2015 by The News Editor

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