Black Country and Staffordshire feel tremors of 4.4 magnitude Welsh quake

The seizemology graph from the British Geological Survey shows the size of this afternoon's earthquake in south Wales

A 4.4-magnitude natural disaster shook South Wales Saturday, rattling buildings and startling residents throughout the coastal towns where quakes are uncommon.

The quake struck at approximately 2.30pm today.

The British Geological Survey confirmed that an natural disaster of a 4.4 magnitude struck earlier today with the epicentre about 20km north of the Welsh city of Swansea.

The effects were felt throughout Wales and there were many reports of minor damage to properties in the region.

People reported feeling the tremor in Bristol, Cardiff and Swansea among other places, with the EMSC estimating 10 million people lived in the area where the quake could be felt.

Many people took to Twitter to ask "what was that?"

Although small earthquakes in the United Kingdom are not uncommon, the British Geological Survey said historically quakes above a 5-point magnitude on the Richter scale occur about every decade.

Mountain Ash Golf Club reported a trophy was dislodged from its cabinet.

"The ground moved quite alarmingly and, at first, it was not clear exactly what it was and inquiries were made with the emergency services to check if there had been a gas explosion or water burst underground".

He said it was "relatively shallow" for a larger British natural disaster; they are usually around 15-20km deep.

"I was sat writing in the loft when the table, computer and whole floor shook for a couple of seconds".

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