Minor earthquake felt in Southern England, United Kingdom - September 8, 2020

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Update 9:51 UTC
Some felt reports for this earthquake (you can find all reports below this article):

  • Leighton Buzzard - Was mid-way between Light and Moderate shaking - we thought there was an explosion, the whole house shook and windows rattled. This would have definitely woken me up. There was no damage though that we know of
  • Milton Keynes - One very noticeable lurch in the building, followed by 2-3 seconds of shaking. Felt on the first floor of a three story building (floors 0-2). Approx 09:50 British Summer Time.
  • Aylesbury - Only lasted a few seconds but watched the TV next to me bounce around along with 2 monitors in front of me.
  • Leighton Buzzard - Felt like two strong thumps, within about 5 secs of each other. Like a truck had driven into the side of the house.
  • Luton - Shaking woke me up from my sleep, could hear my dressing table mirror hitting the wall back and forth for a few seconds. Husband said tv was banging on the wall as well in the other room
  • Wendover, Buckinghamshire - Felt the whole house shift like it had been shunted by something. Then a light tremor. Lasted about 3 seconds.
  • Dunstable - I was in my upstairs home office. Shaking lasted maybe 3 seconds and was enough to wobble my Lego displays on shelves but not topple them.

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Update 9:27 UTC
The British Geological Survey now has published earthquake information. According to their analysis, the quake reached Magnitude 3.3 while the epicenter was located between Luton and Milton Keynes.

Update 9:22 UTC
Many felt reports from the epicentral area came in, describing a moderate shaking (up to intensity IV). However, so far no reports from London or Reading have been received, contradicting the calculation below. This indicates that the epicenter of the quake is probably located further north with some slightly lower magnitude.

A small earthquake has shaken parts of England on Tuesday. According to preliminary automatic solutions from France, the epicenter of this quake was located north-west of London near Aylesbury (Buckinghamshire). However, these data might change after manual revision. No locations from the British Geological Survey, who usually have the best seismic network for exact solutions, are available yet.

The quake was felt in many towns near the epicenter as far as Reading, Oxford, Luton and maybe even in some parts of London, according to preliminary calculations basing on data from Straßburg.
More information soon...

 

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 3.8

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2020-09-08 08:45:30

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
RENASS England, United Kingdom Sep 08 08:45 3.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Bedfordshire - Weak shaking
  • Leighton Buzzard - Shaking lasted for 5 seconds
  • Tring - Light shaking
  • Aston Clinton - @5 secs
  • LEIGHTON BUZZARD - Strong shaking. Lasted 2 seconds.
  • Leighton Buzzard - Was mid-way between Light and Moderate shaking - we thought there was an explosion, the whole house shook and windows rattled. This would have definitely woken me up. There was no damage though that we know of
  • Tring - A single and short seismic shock/judder was felt at around 9:45am today.
  • Bletchley - Wobble
  • Leighton Buzzard - 5 seconds or more
  • Milton Keynes - Lasted about 5-8 seconds
  • Aylesbury - Light shaking
  • Stoke mandeville hospital - Strong shaking
  • Leighton buzzard - Moderate shaking
  • Leighton Buzzard - My house shook twice, it felt like an explosion
  • Stanbridge - Moderate shaking
  • Newton Longville - Weak shaking
  • Stoke Mandeville - My whole living room moved
  • Aylesbury - Light shaking
  • Leighton buzzard - I nearly fell off my chair. It was strong enough that I thought something had crashed into my house
  • Milton Keynes - One very noticeable lurch in the building, followed by 2-3 seconds of shaking. Felt on the first floor of a three story building (floors 0-2). Approx 09:50 British Summer Time.
  • Aylesbury - Light shaking
  • Aylesbury - Only lasted a few seconds but watched the TV next to me bounce around along with 2 monitors in front of me.
  • Leighton Buzzard - Light shaking
  • Dunstable - Lasted a couple of seconds, very short and light.
  • Rickmansworth - Couple of seconds - desk moved
  • Leighton Buzzard - Felt like two strong thumps, within about 5 secs of each other. Like a truck had driven into the side of the house.
  • Luton - Shaking woke me up from my sleep, could hear my dressing table mirror hitting the wall back and forth for a few seconds. Husband said tv was banging on the wall as well in the other room
  • Wigginton, Herts - There was a small thump and then a larger one.
  • Leighton Buzzard - The house shook and the mirrors were rattling against the walls, slippers were dancing on the floor by themselves
  • Leighton Buzzard - only lasted a few seconds but felt like a bomb had gone off
  • Studham - Very weak shaking
  • Milton Keynes - Felt a quick sharp shake, about 1 second long. Shook my desk and room. Felt as if a truck had backed into my house.
  • Leighton Buzzard - Kitchen floor vibrated. Items on shelf jumped. Couple of seconds. Rumbling noise like loaded lorry going over speed hump.
  • Eaton Bray - only about 10 seconds, i thought someone had driven into the house
  • Woburn sands - Moderate shaking
  • Leighton Buzzard - 5 seconds. No damage.
  • Stewkley - Rumbling noise and whole house shook for a about 5 secs
  • Wendover, Buckinghamshire - Felt the whole house shift like it had been shunted by something. Then a light tremor. Lasted about 3 seconds.
  • St albans - Light shaking
  • Leighton Buzzard - Approximately 10 seconds
  • Aylesbury - 2-3 seconds. Items in the house rattling/shaking; no damage done.
  • Leighton Buzzard - about 5 seconds, no damage
  • luton - Sitting down, sofa moved, thought house was being shunted, slight rattling of glasses. About 2 seconds.
  • St. Albans - Lasted approx two seconds, the room shook slightly
  • Dunstable - I was in my upstairs home office. Shaking lasted maybe 3 seconds and was enough to wobble my Lego displays on shelves but not topple them.
  • Stoke Hammond - There were two thuds and then the house shook for about 8 seconds
  • Milton Keynes - Working at desk on 1st floor of house. Whole house shook and desk shook for approx 2 seconds. Also felt downstairs by someone else in the house. Time was 9.46am on 8/9/20
  • Stoke Hammond - Windows rattled felt like something running on the roof
  • Tring - Light shaking
  • Wendover - A quick jolt
  • Aston clinton - 5 seconds shaking, screen monitors wobbling. Felt a shunt and then shaking.
  • Flitwick - Felt the second floor of house vibrating and the desk and a big plant in the room I was in were shaking for about 4 seconds.
  • Northchurch - Just felt it through the floor where I was standing for a second or two. It felt like a huge truck had passed the house.
  • Luton - I was laying in bed and I felt the whole bed shake, we thought the fat kid in the flat below ran into the wall at full speed
  • Leighton Buzzard - I was in the kitchen when I heard a loud rumbling above my head, I didnt know what it was, then all of a sudden the home shook like mad. When it stopped I went outside to see if I still had a roof. All was ok. I was glad my home was still standing and I wasnt underneath it. It frightened the living daylights out of me as I live on my own
  • Husborne Crawley, Bedfordshire - Few seconds
  • Luton - I thought my 14 year old son had jumped on my bed and made a shaking and wobbling noise , got up and looked around to tell him off but when I looked no one was there!!!
  • Leighton Buzzard - 9:46 Two vigorous shakes about a second apart. I thought the wife had fallen out of bed till the second shake. All over in a couple of seconds. No damage that I am aware of at this time.
  • Chalton - Weak shaking
  • Leighton buzzard - Whole building shaking And vibrating and heavy thump, thought a lorry had hit building or had been explosion
  • Flitwick - My gin trolley was shaking for 5 seconds
  • Flitwick - Felt absolutely nothing, but I might have been getting rid of yesterday's curry at the time and so wouldn't have been surprised if the house shook.
  • Woburn village - Very strong shaking
  • Milton Keynes - It sounded like a crack first, on the side of the house. Only later I realised the house shook for 3 seconds, causing this noise.
  • Leighton Buzzard - A great rumble for about 5 seconds with light shaking.
  • Milton keynes - Felt like the house jolted to the side and shaking lasting 5 seconds
  • Milton Keynes - Primarily single big shake of property, desk wobbled significantly but nothing fell off it.
  • Dunstable - 2 seconds. Bed was shaking and I could hear door hinges creeking.
  • Wing - No shaking but very loud noise for a few seconds
  • Leighton Buzzard - Walking along the Grand Union Canal later I noticed a small overflow where it sometimes happens after heavy rain. Except it has been dry. Did we have a mini tsunami?
  • Millton Keynes - Light shaking
  • SOUTH HEATH BUCKS - Sitting reading the newspaper, suddenly felt as if I were being punched in the back several times in quick succession. It lasted no more than 3 seconds. No damage to property.
  • USGS 2 Km Sw Of Pitstone, United Kingdom Sep 08 08:45 3.9 10 MAP


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    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
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    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
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    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
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    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
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    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
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    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
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    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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