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Earthquake Shakes East Midlands Moving Lincoln, Leicester, Loughborough And Nottingham

29/01/2015 10:31 GMT | Updated 29/01/2015 13:59 GMT
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The second earthquake in two days struck the UK on Wednesday night prompting fear, shock and general calamity.

Ok, maybe not.

The tremor measuring 3.8 on the Richter Scale was felt by residents in Leicestershire, Rutland and Lincolnshire at approximately 10:25pm.

The epicentre was near the East Midlands village of Cottesmore, where residents woke up to mock the low impact.

This follows a 2.9 magnitude shake in Winchester on Tuesday, which was felt as far away as Bournemouth.

British Geological Survey (BGS) seismologist Paul Denton, who lives in Oakham, a few miles from the epicentre, said he heard and felt an almost instantaneous "bang and a sharp jolt", but said those farther away would have witnessed shaking and vibrations.

oakham earthquake

The British Geological Survey says the epicentre was at coordinates 52.723 -0.707, at a depth of 8km

The BGS received over 1,000 calls to report the tremors, with one resident saying "the whole bed was visibly shaking".

Two earthquakes hit the Rutland area in April last year in quick succession, causing widespread shock.

The 'devastation' has been well chronicled on Twitter, with people across the East Midlands posting pictures of the aftermath:

East Midlands Ambulance Service said it had not received any calls of injuries linked to the tremors.

A police spokesman said that no explanation or cause for the shaking could be found and no injuries had been reported.

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The largest ever recorded earthquake to hit Britain was Dogger Bank in the North Sea in 1931, which hit 6.1 on the Richter scale, damaging coastal homes.

More recently in 2008, a 5.2-magnitude quake hit Lincolnshire near the town of Market Rasen.