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‘Intense shaking’ reported as 3.8-magnitude earthquake in Irish Sea just off the Llyn Peninsula, North Wales is felt as far away as Galway in Ireland.

An earthquake close to Morth Wales has been felt more than 100 miles (160km) away by people at around 4.15am. The epicentre of the earthquake in the Irish Sea was about nine miles away from the town of Abersoch, Gwynedd, and had a magnitude of 3.8, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said.

Researchers say that the UK experiences about one of these earthquakes every few years, with reports of people hearing loud banging followed by rumbling. This earthquake was actually larger than average for this country and has in fact been rated as the most powerful earthquake in the past 200 years, although seems not enough to have caused any damages. 
There have been more than 100 reports from people that have felt the earthquake to the British Geological Survey, but there are no reports of any damages or accidents as a results of the earthquake.

Dr Brian Baptie, head of seismology at the BGS, said the size of the tremor was not unusual for the UK.

“We get an earthquake of this size in the UK maybe once or twice every couple of years,” he told BBC Radio Wales.

“We also know that north Wales is one of the more seismically active parts of the UK. It’s got a long history of earthquakes over the past few hundred years.”

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