Cornwall hit by earthquake that ‘felt like a hand grenade’

North Cornish Coast

The British Geological Survey said it had a magnitude of 0.1 (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

An earthquake “as strong as a hand grenade” was recorded in the UK over the Queen’s Jubilee weekend.

The quake occurred in Constantine near Falmouth in Cornwall.

Data from the British Geological Survey (BGS) showed the earthquake struck just after 7pm on Friday.

The shallow Constantine quake was only 5 km deep and had a magnitude of only 0.1.

The explosion was described as “equivalent to a hand grenade”.

But locals said the earth didn’t really move for them, despite the quake.

One joked: “It’s all the added weight of those tourists at the tip of Cornwall that’s pushing us further out to sea.”

Another underwhelmed local wrote, “I felt more tremors falling out of bed.”

Small earthquakes in Britain often go unnoticed by the general public.

But earlier this year, a powerful 5.1 magnitude earthquake meant people in Shetland were awakened to “jarring and rumbling noises”.

Tremors had spread 10 km below the surface of the Norwegian Sea.

The strength of the movement meant people’s windows and beds “shook for minutes”.

Ryan Thomson, who lives in Wadbister, Shetland, had said he was woken up by what sounded like a “low flying jet”.

Tremor seven reached Aberdeen – more than 300 miles from the rumbling’s epicenter.

The 5.1-magnitude quake may have been the strongest recorded in recent months, but it still pales in comparison to a 6.1-magnitude quake in 1931.

Its shocks were felt in the British Isles, as well as in Belgium and France.

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Justin Scacco

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