Earthquake Reported in Winchester, Hampshire


A mini-earthquake of 2.9 on the Richter Scale has been recorded in the Hampshire city of Winchester, the British Geological Survey have confirmed.

Attribution: Christophe Finot CC BY-SA 2.5
Attribution: Christophe Finot CC BY-SA 2.5

Residents of Kings Worthy, South Wonston and Headbourne Worthy reported a tremor and abrupt ‘bang’ at 6:30pm on January 27, causing many buildings to stir and shake throughout the surrounding neighbourhoods.

According to a tremor of 3km was disclosed by the British Geological Survey (BGS) in the north-east areas of Winchester.

According to BGS Seismologist David Galloway, the UK experiences on estimate 10 quakes of such a magnitude per year, which are “usually quite widely felt around the area”.

Many residents took to social media to share their experiences of the quake.

Rowland Rees tweeted “quake felt in Crawley, Winchester. Whole house shook for a few seconds!”

There were no fatalities, serious injuries or damages reported.


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