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BRITAIN HIT BY EARTHQUAKE.

BRITAIN was hit by its biggest earthquake for 10 years yesterday - with a tremor packing a rumble so loud petrified residents mistook it for an explosion.

Houses shook and ornaments crashed from sideboards as the quake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale rocked the south of Warwickshire at around 5.30am.

Panic-stricken people were woken by the huge bang. Excited experts say its scale dwarfs the 200 to 300 earthquakes they record here each year. Police said: "We were inundated with calls."

The quake is the biggest in Britain since one measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale hit Shropshire in 1995.

One of 5.4 in North Wales in 1984 was 100 times more powerful than yesterday's.

The incident came as weathermen predicted the recent Indian summer would continue for the next few days.
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Author:Mcleod, Neil
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Sep 24, 2000
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