Cornwall

Cornwall earthquake shakes homes

An earthquake has hit the Bodmin area of Cornwall.

According to reports from the British Geological Survey (BGS), the 2.2-magnitude tremor hit at 02:40 GMT and lasted for a few seconds.

The quake could have been felt as far as St Austell, Liskeard and Padstow, but there were no reports of damage.

Sue Dibble, from St Tudy, said: "It was very loud, like a whooshing and the house and bed were shaking. I thought I'd imagined it."

Between 20 to 30 earthquakes are felt by people each year in the UK, but most of these are very small and cause no damage, the BGS said.

The largest known British earthquake occurred 60 miles offshore near the Dogger Bank in 1931, with a magnitude of 6.1.

It was powerful enough to cause minor damage to buildings on the east coast of England.

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