By: Sattwik Biswal
An earthquake shook homes across the West Midlands this morning.
According to the British Geological Survey (BGS), a 2.8 magnitude earthquake hit Walsall as the epicentre at a depth of 4.35 miles (7km) at 22:59 GMT.
It said the effect of the quake was felt over a 12-mile (20km) radius from the epicentre with tremors being experienced by people in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Dudley.
BGS SEISMIC INFORMATION: WALSALL, WEST MIDLANDS 22:59 UTC 2.8 ML
DATE: 21 February 2022
ORIGIN TIME: 22:59 29.7s UTC
LAT/LON: 52.549° North / 1.972° West
GRID REF: 401.90 kmE / 294.61 kmN
DEPTH: 7 km
MAGNITUDE: 2.8 ML
INTENSITY: 3 EMS
LOCALITY: Walsall, West Midlands pic.twitter.com/IRoxIcJFNX
— British Geological Survey (@BritGeoSurvey) February 22, 2022
A resident told BGS that it felt “like a wardrobe had fallen over or an explosion blast against the window“.
This earthquake was around eight miles (12.8km) east of the 4.7 magnitude quake that had happened in Dudley in 2002.
Lorraine Smith, who lives in Stone Cross, West Bromwich, told the BBC that there were “two rumbles” which she thought to be a “truck going down the street” or a thunderstorm.