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Minor earthquake shakes Cornwall

Published 04/12/2011 | 13:02

A small earthquake shook houses overnight in Cornwall, it has emerged
A small earthquake shook houses overnight in Cornwall, it has emerged

A small earthquake shook houses overnight in Cornwall, it has emerged.

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The 2.2-magnitude quake hit Bodmin at 2.40am on Sunday and lasted just a few seconds, the British Geological Society said.

There were no reports of damage but the tremor could be felt in Bodmin, Liskeard, St Austell, Padstow, Camborne, Wadebridge and Callington.

Sue Dibble, from St Tudy, told the BBC: "It was very loud, like a whooshing and the house and bed were shaking. I thought I'd imagined it."

A number of earthquakes are felt by people every year in the UK, but most of these are very small and cause no damage, the society said.

The largest known earthquake in the UK occurred in the North Sea on June 7 1931, 60 miles offshore near the Dogger Bank with a magnitude of 6.1.

Mrs Dibble, 67, said: "I was woken up just before a quarter to three and heard this noise, and the bed shook and the house shook, and well it frightened me, I must admit.

"I woke my husband, it hadn't actually disturbed him, and we had a quick check around and nothing seemed to be damaged and we went back to bed.

"After a while I was beginning to wonder whether I'd imagined it, but then I went around to our village shop this morning and everyone was talking about it.

"Everybody was saying 'What was it? Was it an explosion, or what?' and no-body knew."

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