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People Reacting To Earthquakes In Local Newspapers Is The Most British Thing Imaginable

A humbling reminder of the awe-inspiring power of nature.

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1. “Floor just rattled for a few seconds. Ahh.”

Rutland, 29 April 2014


2. “I thought someone had thrown a ball against windows or cat had fallen off wardrobe.”

Rutland, 29 April 2014


3. “It felt to us as though a large low flying aircraft had just flown overhead, something on the scale of the RAF Vulcan.”

Ripon, 3 January 2011


4. “My husband Mike jumped out of bed and ran down stairs. It felt like a patio door was being closed.”

Manchester, 30 August 2007


5. “It started at one end of the room and came through to where I was sitting and the big filing cabinet next to where I was sitting was shaking. It was really quite impressive.”

Didsbury, 10 August 2007


6. “This tremor was right on the cusp of being felt.”

Anglesey, 23 May 2006


7. “There were two massive thumps, like the hulk was jumping about. It was crazy.”

Nottingham, October 29, 2014.


8. “It felt like the whole house moved south to north for a second and then I looked around and saw a large artificial tree shaking.”

Irish Sea, 25 August 2013


9. “I became quite frightened. My fiancé is a builder and he looked at me and said ‘This isn’t good’, but then it stopped.”

Irish Sea, 25 August 2013


10. “My stomach moved. It was like the mild feeling you get on a roller coaster just before a drop.”

Irish Sea, 25 August 2013


11. “I recognised it as I had experienced one some years ago in Gloucester which was much stronger. This felt as if someone was moving furniture.”

Gloucester, 14 January 2015



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12. “I thought it was a lorry going really fast down the road! What next?”

Rutland, 29 April 2014


13. “The wardrobe door was shaking and my bird went mad downstairs.”

Stamford, 27 February 2008


14. “I noticed a sort of rumble. It lasted two or three seconds. I didn’t realise there’d been an earthquake until my grandson told me it was all over Facebook.”

Anglesey, 26 May 2015


15. “Initially I thought it was somebody arriving at the house with a big tractor, and I went outside to look but there was absolutely nothing there.”

Fair Isle, March 2, 2012.


16. “Flat shook a bit like the washing machine was not levelled and the drum was noisy.”

Jersey, 25 February 2015


17. “It felt a bit like there was a bus parked outside but a bit stronger”.

Didsbury, 10 August 2007


18. “I thought something has fallen upstairs, or worst case scenario, the water tank had exploded.”

Nottingham, 29 October 2014


19. “We were asleep and felt the bed shaking – things on the bedside table were all rattling for seconds.” Kent, May 22, 2015. Terence Forster, Mail Online.

Kent, 22 May 2015

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20. “Quite frightening – you don’t expect this in Whitstable.”
Kent
, 22 May 2015


21. “I can only describe it as like jelly. It was a definite wobble, not a shake.”
Ramsgate
, 22 May 2015


22. “I was woken just before 3am by my wardrobe door banging inexplicably for several seconds.”
Kent
, 22 May 2015


23. “7.16pm. Felt my legs quiver.”
Nottingham
, 29 October 2014


24. “Some of the more astute guests realised immediately what it was and came hurtling down the stairs and they really weren’t happy.”
Wester Ross
, 17 May 2013

25. “Our house just shook enough to rattle glasses in the cupboard.”
Winchester
, 27 January 2015


26. “The bedhead made a noise and one ornament on the window sill fell over.”
Stamford
, 27 February 2008


27. “It made my bed and wardrobes shake. I thought the wardrobes were going to fall out.”
Irish Sea
, 25 August 2013


28. “My room just started shaking and my mugs nearly fell off my shelf.”
Rutland
, 29 January 2015


29. “My first thought was that my little girl running around upstairs, the monkey, but then common sense kicked in.”
Ripon
, 3 January 2011


30. “It all only lasted about 3-4 seconds. I was confused so I got off the sofa and looked underneath it for my dog or expecting somebody to be under it somehow making it shake. Turns out nobody was there, so I got up and asked my grandad if we just had an earthquake. He just stood there and said, ‘Well I thought I heard something outside but I thought it was just a plastic bag flying around,’ but I found out it was a mini earthquake in the end.”

Bristol Channel, 20 February 2014


31. “I was sitting watching the news at the time. It was like a big gust of wind."

Nottingham, 29 October 2014


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H/T Rhodri Marsden for collecting these via @rattlingcups.



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