GETTYLondon earthquake: Researchers have found fault lines in the centre of the capital
Dr Richard Ghail, a specialist in civil and environmental engineering at Imperial College, said the chance of a magnitude 5 quake is “enough to be scary”.
The UK experiences hundreds of tremors each year, of which only about 10 are actually felt.
But research shows London and the South East is rising at the rate of 1 to 2mm a year as Britain is squeezed by strong tectonic forces.
In the event of a quake, scientists say the tremors would be similar to that of standing on a platform between two passing trains.