Small Earthquake Reported Near UK’s Gatwick Airport
A small earthquake struck near Gatwick Airport in England on Thursday, and passengers said they could feel the ground moving.
British officials said the quake registered as a 3.1 on its earthquake scale. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the quake registered as a 2.9 on the Richter scale.
There were reports that “It was like two huge explosions” and of a “large impact then two to three seconds of shaking,” the agency said.
Other reports said the tremor “felt much bigger than the last two recent quakes” and “it was like two huge explosions,” according to the agency.
On social media, users said they could feel their workplace or home shake.
Matt Temple tweeted, “Just felt an earthquake at Gatwick Airport – felt whole building move and a dull banging noise.”
Resident Trevor Harlock wrote, “Earthquake in Surrey!! Just felt a tremor in Charlwood … 11:55 the earth shook and glasses in our kitchen cabinets jangled together.”
A number of reports have been received from members of the public in Newdigate, Dorking, Horley and Charlwood, Surrey and from Crawley and Horsham, West Sussex. #earthquake
— BGS (@BritGeoSurvey) July 5, 2018
— BGSseismology (@BGSseismology) July 5, 2018
— Matt Temple (@mattdesignme) July 5, 2018
— Jonathan Lara (@jonathan_lara) July 5, 2018
Just felt an earthquake 11:54 Gatwick Charlwood area
— Pauleen 🌼 (@PauleenGosnold) July 5, 2018
— Chris (@ChrisChatfield) July 5, 2018
Last week, according to the BBC, there was a “small” earthquake centered near the Gatwick Airport.
The British Geological Survey said the earthquake registered as a 2.6 on its scale.