HEREFORDSHIRE woke up to the news that an earthquake had been recorded in the county last week... although this may have been a surprise to many.

And locals may be even more surprised to find that there have been more than 50 recorded earthquakes in the county over the last 10 years. 

Here, we have taken a look at all of the Herefordshire earthquakes recorded by the British Geological Survey between March 2013 and March 2023.

The greatest number were recorded in the Hereford area, with seven quakes listed over the last decade by the BGS (although the co-ordinates show that these were centred in areas surrounding Herefords), while Kington and Pontrilas tie for second place, with six each.


But far from the picture of devastation often associated with earthquakes, including the recent Turkey earthquake, many of those recorded in Herefordshire may not have even been noticed by locals.

Various sources including the US Geological Survey state that people generally don't report feeling earthquakes smaller than about magnitude 3.0.

A quake of magnitude 1.0, which many of those recorded in Herefordshire are around or below, is said to produce about the same amount of energy as a small blast at a construction site.

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