Nottinghamshire earthquake with magnitude 2.6 recorded

A local resident described the tremor as being like a 'bus on steroids'.

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Nottinghamshire has been hit by a mild earthquake, the British Geological Survey has confirmed.

The quake, which had a magnitude of 2.6 on the Richter scale, struck close to the town of Mansfield at 7.19pm on Tuesday night.

The quake is said to have brought residents of the town out into the streets outside their houses.

A 2.6 magnitude signifies that the tremor was felt slightly by some people, but caused no damage to buildings.

According to information collected by the British geological survey, it was felt by “several residents” in Mansfield, Hucknall, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Ravenshead, Newstead Village, Papplewick, Annesley, Linby, Calverton, Bestwood Village and Blidworth, Nottinghamshire.

It is said to have lasted between 10 and 15 seconds.

People living in the area called local radio stations to report a loud bang and said they felt sharp shaking.

Stephanie Holland, a resident of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, told BBC Radio Nottingham the earthquake was like a bus travelling past her house, but “on steroids”.

“We were sitting in the lounge watching TV and there was suddenly a very loud boom and the floor shook. I felt as though it had lifted me off the seat and then there was a rumble.

“We've got those road humps outside the front of the house and quite often when a bus goes over it shakes the house. Well this was like a bus on steroids, it lifted the whole floor.“

The quake followers a weaker tremor near Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire on Sunday night, which was only detected by the British Geological Survey’s equipment.