Small earthquake rocks Cumbria

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A small earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale has shaken Cumbria, geologists said

A small earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale has shaken Cumbria, geologists said.

Data from the British Geological Survey showed the location of the quake in the Coniston area 5.6 miles south-west of Ambleside and with a depth of 8.9 miles. It lasted up to 20 seconds, according to people in the area.

Hotelier Alan Robertson, who was in his 30-bed hotel in Eskdale, near Whitehaven, described how the entire building shook.

“I was watching TV and there was this sort of really loud rumble. Then the entire building shook,” he said. “I ran out of the front door, only to be confronted by my guests running out of their part of the house. We couldn’t believe it.”

The 36 year old, who had six guests at the Bower House Inn including a pregnant women, added: “The tremor must have last 15 or 20 seconds.

“It was sizeable enough to shake an old and well-established building. If I lived in a city, I would have assumed it was an explosion. I am still in shock. I can barely get my thoughts together.”

A spokesman for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said: “We have had confirmed reports from officers around the county. It happened around half an hour ago. We felt it here in Cockermouth.

“We have had no requests from members of the public. At the moment, we don’t believe there is any structural damage.”

People who felt the tremor described the sensation with a flurry of online activity on Twitter: “Tremor in Ambleside..felt and heard a rumble,” one tweeted.

Another posted: “So it seems like we have just had an earthquake in Milnthorpe, doors rattling, house shook. Exciting…”

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