Kent earthquake: Twitter has a field day after 4.3 magnitude tremor hits the South East

For perspective, the recent quake in Nepal was 260,000 times bigger

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An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale has hit Kent  - causing widespread mild peril and spawning a wealth of Twitter jokes.

The British Geological Survey reported receiving over 300 notifications from members of the public just before 3am.

The graph shows how its seismic monitoring station in Eltham, south-east England, displayed a massive surge in seismic activity at 2.52am.


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Seismic activity spiked at 2.52am, measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale (credit: British Geographical Survey)

And while some immediately took to Twitter to complain about the inconvenience.

...others didn't take long for them to come up with explanations for the quake.

But the plucky British spirit remained, with members of the public demonstrating solidarity in the wake of such adversity.

And for anyone needing a sense of perspective as to the scale of the tremor, the recent earthquake that hit Nepal, in which more than 8,000 died and 19,000 were injured, was approximately 260,000 times bigger than the Ramsgate rumbler.

Police and Kent Fire and Rescue Services said that they had not yet received any reports of structural damage or injuries during the quake.