Cumbria earthquake: 3.2-magnitude quake hits Northern England shaking houses

Andrew Griffin
Wednesday 28 February 2018 10:22
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The tremor's centre was on the edge of the Lake District, but it could be felt throughout nearby urban areas
The tremor's centre was on the edge of the Lake District, but it could be felt throughout nearby urban areas

An earthquake has hit Cumbria, shaking the north of England.

The tremor had a magnitude of 3.2, the British Geological Survey said. While that is relatively weak, it can be enough to cause some damage to buildings.

Residents said they felt their houses shaking and some even claimed they thought their houses had been crashed into.

Today's tremor is the second earthquake to hit the UK in as many weeks. Earlier this month, an earthquake near Swansea caused some confusion and problems, with shakes and noises spreading across the south-west.

The British Geological Survey confirmed that there was seismic activity felt in Cumbria. The earthquake was of the kind that happens once or twice a year, it said, and was 130 times weaker than the event in south Wales.

The organisation asked those affected by the tremor to fill in a survey, with the aim of getting a full picture of the event's impact.

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