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Earthquake strikes in Wales (and shakes Ireland a tiny bit)

A teeny tiny bit.

A MINOR EARTHQUAKE has hit on the coast of Northern Wales, across the sea from Ireland.

The British Geological Survey said the quake measured 3.0 on the Richter scale, and struck at around 4.40pm.

The epicentre was close to Caernafron Airport.

This is roughly 120 kilometres directly across from Greystones in Co Wicklow.

BBC News reports that Welsh police received calls about the noise and shaking, but no reports of damage have been received.

The station quotes one local resident who didn’t even think it was an earthquake.

It comes just days after a 4.2 magnitude quake struck off the coast of Kent, the strongest in the United Kingdom in several years.

The effect was less extreme in Ireland, but was picked up by a seismographs in Ireland. It was felt strongest by one in the Dublin Mountains.

We use the term strongest loosely – its barely a blip on the readings compared to Wales.

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However, it is possible some may have felt a rumble or heard a faintly thunder-like noise around that time, as was felt when an earthquake hit off Wexford in March last year and which appeared similar on semisograph readings.

Did you notice anything? Let us know in the comments below or email tips@thejournal.ie.

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