Islanders have taken to social media to express concerns that the Isle of Wight has been hit by an earthquake this morning (Thursday) – but an explosion is thought to be behind the loud rumble and shaking.
At just gone 10:00, households and businesses across the Island heard a loud rumble and buildings began to shake for 2-3 seconds, prompting fears of an earthquake.
However, it’s understood the earthquake-like experience was caused by a huge explosion on the mainland.
Demolition work has been taking place at Fawley Power Station on the other side of the Solent as part of the redevelopment of the area. A planned explosive demolition was due to take place at around 10:00 this morning, just moments before Islanders experience.
It’s unclear at this stage if the explosion was meant to be so far-reaching, with no warning issued to Island residents.
No damage has yet been reported.
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— Waterside Police (@WatersideCops) November 19, 2020