The tremour has reportedly been felt across Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.
One resident in Groby, Leicestershire, told BBC Radio Leicester: "It lasted at least 20 seconds and some DVDs fell off a shelf in my room."
Another caller said: "It sounded like an underground train coming and everything wobbled, but nothing fell off shelves."
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