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'No reports of structural damage or injuries' say Kent Police

The earthquake originated near Sandwich in Kent Credit: ITV Meridian

"Parts of east Kent were affected by an earthquake in the early hours of today measuring just 4.3 on the Richter scale.

"Kent Police began receiving reports of the earthquake tremor in the east Kent area at around 2.57am today.

"As of 8.50am, Kent Police has received no reports of any structural damage or injuries.

"We will continue to liaise with our partner agencies in the coming hours to ensure we are providing help and support in any areas needed."

– Kent Police spokesman

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The ten most underwhelmed responses to the Kent earthquake

The largest earthquake recorded in the UK in years happened in Kent last night.

The mild earthquake measured 4.2 magnitude and originated near Sandwich with people as far as Essex saying they felt the tremor.

But not everyone was impressed with a tongue-in-cheek 'I survived the Kent Earthquake' Facebook group already been set up while others took to Twitter to share their views.

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Witness: I thought Kent earthquake was an 'explosion'

A witness of the earthquake in Kent in the early hours of this morning has described how he thought it was an "explosion".

He added: "Lying in bed when the house suddenly shook. Thought something had collapsed outside, so got up to check.

"I've looked outside and all appears to be fine in the street. No damage that I can see. Will obviously see more later when it's lighter. Weird experience anyway.

"I actually thought it was an explosion of some sort and not an earthquake."

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Residents: Kent earthquake 'scared the life out of me!'

Kent residents have tweeted their reactions after being awoken by the tremors in the early hours of this morning.

Vikki Petts said: "So we just had a 4.3 magnitude earthquake in Kent and my housemates slept through the entire thing. certainly woke me up!"

Jonathan Tapp said: "Earthquake in East Kent and now can't get back to sleep. Despite months spent in NZ this is my first one that I've felt."

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Experts pinpoint epicentre of earthquake to East Kent coast

The British Geological Survey have confirmed that this morning's earthquake is approx 25km north-east of the Folkestone earthquake in 2007 which had a magnitude of 4.3 ML.

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