An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.8 hit the Scarborough coast on Monday evening and rather than panic, Britons took to Twitter to joke about the quake.
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The British Geological Survey said the earthquake hit 93 miles east of the town at around 6.50pm.
While it was smaller than the earthquakes that strike other countries, the earthquake was one of the biggest to hit Britain in years.
Harrowing images of Scarborough Castle following the 3.9 earthquake tonight. Hard to believe that, only yesterday, this was a Travelodge. pic.twitter.com/zRyR9ISt4r— Carl Jones (@CarlDJones) January 3, 2017
Social media users, who saw the funny side, posted photos of overturned wheelie bins and broken garden gnomes.
— Paul Downes (@CallmeDownsie) January 4, 2017
The hashtag #prayforscarborough was created for people to post their hilarious images.
One user tweeted: "The RAF is now airlifting critical supply's of Sunny D and scratch cards in for those in desperate need (sic)".
3.9 earthquake off the coast of Scarborough, hope everyone is alright! pic.twitter.com/0qDKvc3wDb— Dan Smallbone (@DanSmallbone) January 3, 2017
Another wrote: "3.9 earthquake off the coast of Scarborough, hope everyone is alright!"