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Earthquake speculation as tremors felt in Rutland

Several Twitter users in central England have reported tremors akin to a small earthquake this morning.

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What the hell was that. Whole house shook about 7.07am! It was either an explosion or earthquake in Rutland. Anyone else feel it ?

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#earthquake in #rutland at 7:05. It woke me up. All of the sheep and birds are busily talking about it.

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Just thought the bath had fallen thro the ceiling but it was just an #earthquake in #rutland. Husband thought id fallen over-rude #pregnant

Solomon Islands tsunami warning cancelled

A tsunami warning triggered by a powerful earthquake near the Solomon Islands has been cancelled, according to U.S. government agencies.

The quake was centred 100 km (60 miles) south of Kira Kira on the island of Makira, and had a magnitude of 7.6.

There were no immediate reports of damage, and only very small tsunami wave activity - just a couple of centimetres - had been measured.

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Tsunami warning as quake strikes near Solomon Islands

A tsunami warning has been issued for Solomon Islands region in the Pacific Ocean after a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck near the islands.

Solomon Islands Credit: Google Maps

A tsunami warning was issued for the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia and surrounding areas, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. A tsunami watch was in effect for Fiji, Australia, Indonesia, Guam and nearby areas.

Earthquake recorded near Indian island group

The Nicobar Islands lie near the coast of Malaysia and the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Credit: Google Maps

An earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale has been recorded off the Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal.

The islands, which belong to India, lie close to the coast of Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia and were part of the area devastated by a massive tsunami in 2004.

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Expert: Quakes like today's 'happen every 2-3 years'

Dr Susanne Sergeant of the British Geological Survey told ITV News earthquakes like today's 4.1 magnitude "tend to happen in the UK once every two-three years on average".

The largest earthquake recorded in the UK was a 6.1 magnitude, hitting Dogger Bank in the North Sea in June 1931.

The red areas on this map show instrumental earthquakes, the blue show historical.
The red areas on this map show instrumental earthquakes, the blue show historical. Credit: British Geological Survey

"It released approximately 900 times more energy than today's earthquake," Dr Sergeant said.

Speaking of today's earthquake, she said: "I am not aware of any reports of damage - because the earthquake happened in the Bristol Channel (about 20 km north of Ilfracombe), the area of strongest shaking would have been under the sea.

"It would not be unusual for this earthquake to be followed by aftershocks".

Bristol Channel earthquake measured 4.1 magnitude

The earthquake that struck the Bristol Channel at 1.21pm today measured 4.1 magnitude, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has confirmed.

British Geological Survey map showing the location of the earthquake's epicentre.
British Geological Survey map showing the location of the earthquake's epicentre. Credit: British Geological Survey

It's epicentre was located around 18 km (11 miles) north of Ilfracombe in North Devon and 30 km (18.6 miles) southwest of Swansea.

"The earthquake was widely felt in North Devon and South Wales", the BGS added.

Read: Bristol Channel earthquake felt in Wales and South West

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