Earthquake tremors reported in Leicestershire

Residents in Melton Mowbray may have felt some ‘tremors’ yesterday evening as a small earthquake struck the county.

The British Geological Survey (BSG) said the earthquake took place at 7.22pm yesterday with a magnitude of 2.4 on the Richter scale.

The earthquake occurred around 5km underground and could be felt in surrounding towns and villages including Oakham and Rutland.

No serious damage is thought to have been caused by the tremors.

A spokesman for the British Geographcal Survey said: “BGS have received reports of the event being felt in Melton Mowbray, Oakham and other towns and villages in the surrounding area.”

“Typical reports described ‘sounded like thunder’, ‘thought it was a train passing’, ‘there was a very deep rumble’ and ‘the windows rattled’.”

Residents took to social media to share their experiences, with one user posting “Anyone in Oakham feel an earthquake just now”, while another said “Picture frame rattled on wall just after 7pm. Glad to know it wasn’t my DIY skills to blame”.

The BGS also said that the tremor was the largest in mainland Britain in the past 50 days.

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