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Rutland quake measured 3.2 magnitude

A BGS graph shows the impact at 06:07 UTC (07:07 BST). Credit: BGS

Rutland felt a minor earthquake measuring 3.2 magnitude this morning, the British Geological Survey has confirmed.

Data from BGS shows the impact centred at Oakham at 07:07 this morning, with a depth of 4 kilometres.

Experts looking into reports of Rutland earthquake

The British Geological Survey says it is looking into reports of an 'earthquake' felt in Rutland, central England today.


Earthquake speculation as tremors felt in Rutland

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

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.

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.

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. 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".

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