Strongest Earthquake in Seven Years Rattles Southeast England

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake was felt by many across southeastern England early Friday morning. This earthquake is the strongest in more than seven years, since a 5.2 magnitude quake struck in Lincolnshire on Feb. 27, 2008.

The quake was felt as far away as 200 km (124 miles) from the epicenter near Stamford and Bicester; however, the majority of the reports of shaking were reported from within 75 km (47 miles), according to the British Geological Survey.

The center of the earthquake was only 24 km (14.9 miles) from where a 4.3 magnitude earthquake was reported on April 28, 2007. That quake caused damage to hundreds of homes and forced many people to evacuate for a time.

So far there have been no confirmed reports of damage or injuries from this most recent earthquake; however, officials continue to monitor the situation.

The British Geological Survey also reported that this quake was more widely felt than the 2007 quake because it was deeper. By comparison, this quake was 260,000 times weaker than the 7.8 magnitude Nepal earthquake that killed thousands of people less than a month ago.

The British Isles experience more than 100 earthquakes each year that are detected by instruments, but many are too weak to be felt at the surface.