Second earthquake in Rutland

The British Geological Survey has reported a second earthquake in Rutland in 24 hours.

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Earthquake hits Rutland...again

Parts of the region were hit by another earthquake today, the second in as many days.

The British Geological Survey says it happened in the Rutland area, and has been felt in parts of Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

Today's earth tremor was more powerful, at 3.5 on the Richter scale and it took many people by surprise.

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Earthquake shakes town

People have been speaking out about an earthquake that has shaken a normally peaceful Rutland town.

Residents in Oakham describe hearing what sounded like an explosion, others say they thought a lorry had crashed into their house.

The 3.2 magnitude tremors, which came from 2.5 miles underground, were also felt throughout much of north Northamptonshire. Olivia Patterson reports.

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Earthquake 'strongest in 13 years'

Rutland was hit by its strongest earthquake in 13 years this morning.

The 3.2-magnitude earthquake, powered from a depth of 2.5 miles, struck the Oakham area at 7.07am.

"There was a 4.1 in Melton Mowbray in October 2001 - so this is the biggest in the region for 13 years.

"It was quite widely felt but we probably get about three of these at this size somewhere in the UK each year.

"We record about 200 earthquakes and it is to do with the earth's dynamic plates moving, probably about the pace of the growth of a fingernail.

"The most common reports we have had is that houses shook, windows rattled for quite a few seconds, people were quite alarmed.

"We do not get the big earthquakes like they would get in places like Japan."

– Davie Galloway, British Geological Survey seismologist.

It was felt up to 28 miles (45 km) away from the epicentre of the earthquake near Wellingborough but most reports have come in from people who are within 15 miles (25km) of Oakham. Residents in parts of Stamford, Kettering and Oakham went online to say they felt the earthquake.

The UK's most powerful earthquake was the 5.4 magnitude tremor which hit the Lleyn peninsula in north Wales in July 1984 and in 2008 a quake centred on Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, was measured at 5.2.

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Rutland tremors '100,000 times smaller' than Chile quake

A map from the British Geological Survey shows the point of impact.
A map from the British Geological Survey shows the point of impact. Credit: BGS

The earthquake felt in Rutland this morning was not powerful enough to have caused any significant damage, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS).

A spokesman for the organisation said earth movement measured this morning was around 100,000 times smaller than a recent 8.2 magnitude Chile earthquake.

In terms of energy release, the Rutland quake was 33-and-a-half-million times smaller.

The BGS says it has had 265 reports from members of the public who say they have felt the quake, with the furthest away coming from Wellingborough, 45 kilometres (27 miles) to the south.

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