'Was that a little earthquake?' Surrey hit by second tremor in a week

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A house shook "like a truck crashed into it" when Surrey was hit by an earthquake for the second time in a week, researchers said.

The quake, with a magnitude of 2.4, happened at 6.54am (BST) in Newdigate on Friday and hit a depth of 3 miles (5km), according to British Geological Survey.

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It took place in the same area as a 2.6 magnitude tremor on Wednesday, the organisation said on Twitter.

There were reports of "a loud bang and the whole house shook like a truck had crashed into it" for about two seconds, it said.

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Classic car parts owner Roy McNeill and his wife Judy, from nearby Beare Green, told the Press Association they felt the effects at around 7am.

He said: "We were having a coffee and the patio windows had a gentle rattle, then the wall and the bed shuddered for a second or so, then stopped.

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"We both looked at each other and said 'Was that a little earthquake?' It certainly felt like one."

A resident in the nearby village of Charlwood, which also felt the effects earlier in the week, added: "(It was) a noise and vibration that felt like someone was upstairs in the bedroom, jumping around.

"It was almost like a door being caught in the wind and slamming."

On Wednesday tremors were also registered in Rusper and Crawley, West Sussex, at 1.30pm (BST) with reports of a few seconds of "rumbling and shaking".

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