There has been a minor earthquake on Teesside.

It took place in the Stockton-on-Tees just before 6 am on Thursday morning.

Some people living in the area reported that their homes were shaking and lights flickering.

There are no reports of any injuries or damage.


magnitude on the Richter scale. Earthquakes of this scale are relatively common in the UK.

One resident called Cleaveland Fire Brigade reporting there had been 'an explosion'.

Police say they received a number of calls 'questioning what had happened'.

Despite it only being a minor quake it caused quite a stir on social media.

Others made light of the minor earthquake, poking fun at the gentle tremors.

According to IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology), around 100,000 earthquakes of this scale happen every year around the world.


Earthquakes of this scale worldwide each year

The British Geological Survey is urging residents who felt the tremors to get in touch with them so they can monitor and catalogue the incident.