Well, that really have to make you giggle. Or actually laugh, really. Out loud. Holding your ribs. A teeny tiny minuscule little tremor that makes jelly jive a bit in England actually makes the headlines throughout the world. Bewaaare!!! The plates are dancing the tektonik! So strong it could actually induce ripples into Her Majesty's tea. Dear God.
There are, in average, 1400 something earthquakes stronger than 5 on the Richter scale every year throughout the world. The one in Kent was 5.2 and it made some bricks fall on cars. May I remind you, dear reader, that the Richter is based on a logarithmic scale, which means that a magnitude 5 quake shakes the ground 10 times less than a magnitude 6, and it releases 32 times less energy. There was a quake a couple days ago in Sumatra, 7.2; I talked to few guys who lived close to it, they barely noticed it. Business as usual. Since the 2004 one that triggered the tsunami, we had 27 in Indonesia, that were above 6 on the Richter scale. Maybe more, don't take this stat as gospel.
So, I know, the effect of a quake all depends on how deep it is, and what type of quake it is, but come on, western media! Just be a little less self-centered.