'Homes shaken' as earthquake hits Cumbria

An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.2 has been recorded in Cumbria, with reports of homes shaking.

It was said to be "about 130 times smaller" than the earthquake which hit parts of South Wales and south-west England earlier this month.

The epicentre of Wednesday's earthquake, timed at 7.33am, was Mosser near Cockermouth, said the British Geological Survey (BGS).

BGS added in a tweet: "The earthquake in Cumbria was magnitude 3.2, these occur in the UK about once or twice a year. It was about 130 times smaller than the event in South Wales last week.

"Today's earthquake in Cumbria is the biggest in the area since 2010, which had a magnitude of 3.5 centred in Coniston."

People took to Twitter in reaction to the earthquake.

Marion Ward tweeted: "So what I thought was stronger-than-usual teenage stomping round the house making our old floorboards and walls shake this morning was actually an earthquake!"

Lewis Bowman said: "Did anybody just feel an earthquake for a second? Me and my neighbours just went running out thinking somebody had crashed into our houses."

ITV Border and Tyne Tees weatherman Ross Hutchinson tweeted: "#ThunderSnow in the North East and an #Earthquake in Cumbria ... is this the apocalypse? Asking for a friend."

The earthquake 12 miles (20km) north of Swansea on February 17 had a magnitude of 4.4.

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