Britain experienced its worst quake in 1931. Centred on Dogger Bank, it registered 6.1 on the Richter scale.
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West Cornwall was hit by its biggest earthquake in 15 years. The British Geological Survey said the tremor was felt in towns and villages from Padstow to Land's End, and measured 3.8 on the Richter scale. Police stations were inundated with calls, but there were no reports of injuries or serious damage.