Vocabulary: earthquake (n), magnitude (n), epicentre (n), to wonder (v), according to (prep.).

An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.9 was felt in the south of England last night at about 6:30pm. The epicentre was just north of the city of Winchester.


No one was injured and there was no serious damage done. It only lasted a couple of seconds but confused neighbours came out of their houses wondering what had happened. Some thought that a huge airplane had passed over the city, others thought that there had been an explosion.

It is not uncommon for the UK to get small earthquakes. According to the British Geological Survey, the UK has about 10 small earthquakes a year.

The biggest earthquake that the UK has experienced was in 1931. It had a magnitude of 6.1. Most of the country felt this earthquake, as well as some parts of France, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway and Denmark.