A small earthquake was recorded in South Wales just before midnight last night, and it was felt in Herefordshire.

The tremor - which occurred at 11.59 pm on Friday, February 24 - was of a 3.8 magnitude about eight miles north of the Rhondda Valley.

It occurred at a depth of two kilometres at 23:59:39, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).

According to the British Geological Survey, it was a 3.7-magnitude earthquake.

Residents across Llanover and Llanfoist, Abergavenny and Crickhowell have reported their furniture and windows shaking. It was also felt in Herefordshire, around Hay-on-Wye and Pontrilas, according to the British Geological Survey.

It is thought the specific location of the quake was at Llangenny, according to the USGS.

A favourite with walkers, the small village can be found on the slopes of Sugar Loaf mountain.

Tremors were also reportedly felt as far away as Wolverhampton and Dudley in the West Midlands.

Was there an earthquake in Wales?


Many residents have taken to social media as they tried to make sense of what happened.

One local wrote: " Woken from sleep last night as the house shook. Could only think how shocking it must have been for the Turkey-Syria victims who experienced one of such terrifying magnitude."

A second person added: " Woke at 12 o’clock last night wondering if the ground was shaking or if I’d just been dreaming? Turns out we’ve had a small earthquake in South Wales."

While a third posted: "Judging by all the social media posts, I slept like a baby through an earthquake."

Another tweeted: "Hear me out… was there just an earthquake in South Wales? The entire house just shook!"

In a statement released on Saturday morning, the UK's main provider of earthquake data, the British Geological Survey wrote:"BGS has received reports from residents throughout the region, mainly from within around 40km of the epicentre.

"Reports described "the whole house was shaking", "the rumbling and the bang woke me up", "my bed seemed to move side to side", "was like a large explosion".