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Britain's Most Powerfull Earthquake In .... 25 Years!!! Answered

Well Britain was hit with a massive earthquake at just before 1:00 am yesterday!

It measured at 5.2 on the richter scale! Most powerfullest earthquake in 25 years!

I was lying in bed trying to get to sleep, when suddenly I felt this tugging on my bed..., then the doors started to shake violently, and the bed was jolting back and forth. I sh*t myself (not litterally)
thinking it what the f*** was going on.
Then I found out the next day. Luckily everyone was okay in my house.
And amzingly...No house damage! (yay)

Oh ya, the earhquake only lasted for 5 seconds!

So fellow Instructable-rs who live in Britain, how would you describe your experience?
What were you doing at the time?
Did you even feel it?
Any damage?

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Doctor What (author)2008-02-28
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Mr Tenacious (author)2008-02-28

I slept right on through it an didn't realize anything had happened until the morning.

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killerjackalope (author)2008-02-27

Ha I remember the same things happening to me... in northern ireland, it turned out to be an incredibly larg piledriver, old house wrong placement of pile driver, felt like the strangest earthquake...

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westfw (author)killerjackalope2008-02-27

Yeah, you go through a sequence. During the 1989 bay-area quake, it was like: "Murdock (big guy) must be walking past my door." "No, that must be a big truck driving by." "Oh! It's an Earthquake!" "my, it's a rather BIG earthquake. Perhaps I should duck under this desk or stand in the doorframe or something."

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killerjackalope (author)westfw2008-02-27

See the truck theory didn't cut it, I worked with them for a while tyrefitting and that house had a very distinct 'diesel rumble' and right now I'm in the middl of a building site, one that shakes the new house regularly. Not good when you wake up drunk in the morning... eventually cottoned on to the earthquake then, the rather large earthquake?

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Mr Slippy Fist (author)2008-02-27

I did'ent even stir, first I heard of it was on GMTV this mourning when I got up for work.

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gmoon (author)2008-02-27

I'm not in Britain, but we had a similar 5ish quake in the midwest (US) several years ago... It was a very freaky experience, since quake are rare here, too.

I honestly thought a truck had crashed into the house. Glad there wasn't any damage....

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joejoerowley (author)gmoon2008-02-27

I lived in the bay area and then moved to the midwest. It turns out the midwest is actually in a really big earth quack zone. Check out this article!

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gmoon (author)joejoerowley2008-02-27

Good article! I knew about the "New Madrid Zone," since we drove through the town it's named for, once years ago. Sure looks like a "big one" is inevitable. We're comfortably far away though (two or three states), and I personally only remember two earthquakes large enough to feel...

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It's true. I'm originally from western KY and we've had a lot of little tremors down there. My mom is waiting for the big one to hit, I think. She's been talking about it since I was little!

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Kiteman (author)2008-02-27

I missed it. Colleagues at school said they felt it, but I slept right through it. I live in Suffolk, it's all sand underneath, so I'm surprised anybody round here felt anything.

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beado4ever (author)2008-02-27

I'm in the north midlands and it shook the whole house quite a bit. First thought it was a lorry going past (at 1a.m.?) then i thought it was one coming into the house but i worked out it was a tremor when it carried on longer. Didn't realise it was so widespread til i checked the news this morning though.

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whatsisface (author)2008-02-27
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chooseausername (author)2008-02-27

I was lying in bed trying to get to sleep, when suddenly I felt this tugging on my bed..., then the doors started to shake violently, and the bed was jolting back and forth. I sh*t myself (not litterally)
thinking it what the f*** was going on.
Then I found out the next day.

Did you thought it was a Poltergeist ???? =o)

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Baron A (author)chooseausername2008-02-27

BTW, that picture is freaky...lol.

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Baron A (author)chooseausername2008-02-27

Well.....Yes. I thought it was some ghost!

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