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Small earthquake felt in Cumbria

Earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale has been recorded in England.

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AN EARTHQUAKE MEASURING 3.5 on the Richter scale was recorded in north-west England last night.

The earthquake was detected in Cumbria at 10.59pm last night and lasted about a minute.

British Geological Survey says “many people throughout the Cumbria region” reported feeling the event, which had a depth of 14.3km.

BGS seismologist David Galloway told the BBC that damage was “very unlikely” and his organisation has not had any reports of damage: “We do get a few earthquakes in this country and maybe get one of this size every 12 to 18 months, but damage is very unlikely”.

The Telegraph presents a “guide to seismic activity in Britain” and reports that only 10% of an annual 200 tremors in England are ever felt by the public. The largest earthquake to have struck the area near last night’s earthquake in recent years, according to BGS, was a 4.7-magnitude tremor on 26 December, 1979.

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