A POWERFUL 4.2 magnitude earthquake rocked the UK on Friday leaving "whole houses shaking".

The tremor struck in South Wales just before midnight at a depth of just over one mile, according to the British Geological Survey.

It is said to have hit several miles north of the borough of Rhondda as stunned residents were tucked up in bed.

People situated as far away as Wolverhampton claimed to have felt the effects of the quake.

Locals in Abergavenny, Crickhowell, Llangynidr Llanover and Llanfoist reported that even their windows quivered from the force.

One person from Merthyr Tydfil described how their "whole house shook" as the 4.2 magnitude tremor struck.

Another reported they experienced a "slight shaking of their house" while the "handles on the furniture rattled".

A resident in Mountain Ash told how their young son was woken from his slumber by the earthquake.

They wrote: "Thought something had fallen upstairs, then my son came down to say his bed shook waking him".

Others said their properties "vibrated" and their possessions "actually moved" when the quake hit.

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One woman added: "I heard a low rumble, then the wall shook and the chair jumped forward, which takes something with me sitting in it! Blimey. Not pleasant."

Another local from Gilwern, 15 miles from the epicentre, said the tremor felt like an "explosion".

A third wrote in a tweet: "My whole house shook and it felt like the roof was falling off."

It comes after the UK was rocked by a 3.7 magnitude earthquake on February 12.

The tremor – which struck under the North Sea – was felt in areas along the Norfolk coast.

Residents in Essex were woken by a loud bang and rumble as a 2.6 magnitude quake hit the county on February 8.

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