Earthquakes are far less common in the UK than in some other countries, but they do occur. Last night one occurred in Kent shaking homes and waking people in the middle of the night. This one was 4.2 on the Richter scale. This one was felt by my son near Canterbury and they think some tiles came off their cottage roof. They live in Sturry, which is just a few miles east of Canterbury.
Some UK earthquakes have caused real
disruption and damage. This one must have been quite a shock to those
that were aware of it. Being in the middle of the night, many may have
been totally unaware that it happened at all. Even though this one lasted several seconds it was
nowhere near the force of the recent ones in Nepal which were many
orders of magnitude stronger.
The strongest earthquake in the UK in recent times was in Colchester in 1884. It measured 4.6 on the Richter scale. Some reports claim up to 5 people died.