Quakes felt in parts of UK as earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale hits northeast Shetland

Houses in parts of the UK shook after an earthquake off the coast of Shetland this morning.

The British Geological Survey said a 4.9 magnitude earthquake struck about 180km northeast of Shetland at around 5:32 am.

It said people as far away as Aberdeen reported “three waves of vibration in about three seconds”.

Adam Priest said the earthquake caused his house in Nesting to shake home, saying, “The house shook for 30 seconds, like a tuning fork.

“At first it woke me up and then it continued to vibrate, slowly decreasing over the 30 seconds.”

Meanwhile, in Sandwick, Rebecca Colyer said she was already awake and heard a shaking sound before her walls started shaking.

“At first I thought it was the washing machine spinning, but it felt too strong for that,” she says.

Data from the British Geological Survey (BGS) shows that the Lerwick seismic station recorded activity for about two minutes.

While some were rudely awakened by the rumble, many said they didn’t feel it — or slept right through it.

This morning’s earthquake occurred in roughly the same area of ​​sea where an earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale was felt across the islands on January 9, 2007.

The British Geological Survey has been contacted for comment.

The organization operates a network of over 100 seismograph stations across the UK.

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