Groundbreaking news: Earthquake hits Exeter

Earthquake hits Exeter for the first time in a decade

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If you felt the earth shake at approximately half past one yesterday afternoon, you aren’t going mad: Exeter – believe it or not – was hit by an earthquake.

The tremor, which originated at 13:21 in the Bristol Channel, was felt across Exeter, Taunton, Bristol, Swansea, Llanelli, Barnstable and Gloucester.

Exeter residents were really shaken by the event

Experts have confirmed that the earthquake had a magnitude of 4.1, which caused tremors across Devon – including places like Exmouth, Honiton Dartmouth and Exeter.

According to the British Geological Survey (BGS), Westcountry residents described the quake as “frightening,” claiming that their houses were rocking.

This is the first time Devon has experienced an earthquake for more than a decade. The last quake recorded occurred in Bideford 13 years ago, with a magnitude of 4.0.

A BGS spokesman said: “At this time the BGS have received several macroseismic reports from residents throughout Devon and South Wales.”

Following the earthquake, people took to Twitter to report their experiences: