'Thought It Was an Explosion.' 4.2-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Wales

4.7 magnitude earthquake hits parts of UK

There has been around 4,000 reports of the natural disaster across England and Wales, said the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, with people feeling it up to 300 miles away from the impact.

The quake, which measured 4.7 on the Richter scale, happened at 2:31pm around eight miles from Swansea in South Wales.

The British Geological Survey said the epicentre was approximately 20km north-north-east of Swansea and at a depth of 7.4km.

Today's natural disaster was the "biggest onshore United Kingdom event in 10 years" and 8 million times smaller than the magnitude 9.0 in Japan in March 2011, the BGS said.

Tremors were also felt across other parts of Wales and southwest England.

Many took to Twitter to share their experiences as well. The most serious tremors are believed to have been felt in South Wales area.

The club said on Twitter: "43' - temporary stop in play".

"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".

"An natural disaster of this size, of magnitude five or thereabouts, will occur roughly every 10 to 20 years in the UK", Brian Baptie of the BG said at the time.

One witness, just 4km from the epicentre told EMSC: "Genuinely thought next door had fallen down or the roof had caved in".

Closer to the epicentre, James Leonard tweeted: "Wow was that an quake in Swansea my house just shook".

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