Earthquake shakes homes across Melton and Vale of Belvoir

A map showing the extent from where the British Geological Survey had received reports from people who felt the earthquake (as of 8am on Thursday, January 29) EMN-150129-093633001

A map showing the extent from where the British Geological Survey had received reports from people who felt the earthquake (as of 8am on Thursday, January 29) EMN-150129-093633001

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An earthquake shook homes across Melton and the Vale of Belvoir last night (Wednesday).

It was felt at around 10.25pm, with buildings shaken and hundreds of people describing the loud rumbling sound.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) reported a minor earthquake, magnitude 3.8 on the Richter scale, with the epicentre near Cottesmore at a depth of eight miles.

By 8am this morning the survey had received 1,400 calls from people who felt the quake which was higher in magnitude than the two tremors felt on consecutive mornings in the Melton area last April (3.2 and 3.5).

On Twitter dozens of people have been in touch to say they had felt the earthquake.

@TwinlakesPark tweeted: “Who else felt the earthquake last night? We did! #earthquake”

@MeltonToys said: “Earthquake felt in #meltonmowbray. Etch a Sketch drawing ruined!”

For more details of the earthquake visit the British Geological Survey website www.bgs.ac.uk

Did you feel the earthquake? Email christian.march@jpress.co.uk