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Earthquake shakes south west

By Ben_Falconer  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

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AN EARTHQUAKE has shaken the south west after it was recorded three miles under the Bristol Channel.

The British Geological Survey confirmed that a 4.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 1pm, and was felt in Somerset, Devon and South Wales.

Its epicentre was between Ilfracombe off the north coast of Devon, the Gower peninsula near Swansea.

No damage has been recorded but residents in Bridgewater, Somerset said they felt buildings sway.

It is not believed that the quake was felt in Gloucestershire but they are not unknown in the county.

A quake which measured 5.2 on the Richter Scale centred around Market Rasen in Lincolnshire was felt in Gloucestershire in 2008.

In 2002, an earthquake of 4.8 magnitude was felt across Gloucestershire, shaking many awake in the early hours of the morning of September 23. That quake, the largest in Britain for 10 years, was centred under Birmingham and was felt as far afield as South Wales.

An earthquake was felt in Newent in the late 1980s too.

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