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Area hit by earthquake.

Byline: Simon Gilbert News reporter

AN earthquake in the Midlands was felt by people in Coventry and Warwickshire.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) said it had received more than 200 reports of the earthquake - including some from the Nuneaton, Tamworth and Loughborough areas.

Seismic data shows that the quake measured 3.8 on the Richter scale and was felt over 60 miles away from its epicentre 2.36 miles from Cottesmore, in Rutland.

The tremor was recorded shortly before 10.30pm on Wednesday and people across the Midlands posted on social media and reported buildings shaking for around 10 seconds. Keegan Rhodes said: "I felt this earthquake earlier this evening. Scary stuff."

Ceri Hughes tweeted: "House was shaking last night. Must have been that Midlands earthquake, or they've started fracking!" It comes after an earthquake with a magnitude of 2.9 was recorded in Hampshire on Tuesday. Coventry and Warwickshire residents have been affected by earthquakes in the recent past.

Quakes in 2014 and 2008, in Oakham and Lincolnshire respectively, prompted scores of people to contact the BGS.

One of the biggest Midlands earthquakes in living memory hit on April 2, 1990, with the epicentre identified as Bishops Castle in Shropshire. The quake - measured as 5.1 on the Richter scale - was felt as far afield as the Republic of Ireland and Nottingham, with the market town of Shrewsbury worst affected where chimney pots were shaken off and thousands of homes were left without power for several hours.

The first significant tremor of the Milliennium struck the Midlands on September 23, 2000, and measured 4.2 on the Richter scale.

The epicentre of the earthquake was Warwick and while it could be felt across the Midlands, there was no damage.

An earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale struck the whole West Midlands on the evening of September 22, 2002.

The epicentre was just outside the centre of Dudley and the quake was felt over an area of 260,000 sq km.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Jan 30, 2015
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