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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Lake District hit by earthquake

An earthquake struck the Lake District last night.

According to the British Geological Survey, the quake - which had a magnitude of 2.1 on the Richter Scale - originated about 6km underground at Patterdale at 9.37pm.

Among those who felt the tremor was Becx Carter, parish clerk for Borrowdale Parish Council.

The council was concluding a meeting at Rosthwaite Institute, in Borrowdale, when the earthquake hit.

“There was what sounded like a freight train approaching,” Miss Carter said. “It was a deep, growly, rumbly noise and very quickly after the sound, we could feel a vibration coming through our feet.

“The vibration passed us and then stopped.”

It was the fourth largest quake around the British Isles in the last 50 days, says the BGS.

A 2.7 tremor occurred in the Atlantic Ocean off north west Ireland on November 21 and a similar size quake happened in the Jura, Argyll/Bute region on October 31. On November 8, a 2.3 event happened in the English Channel region, 85km from Jersey.

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