Rather than being woken by their alarm clocks this morning, those living in Rutland in the East Midlands were shook from their sleep by a 3.2 magnitude earthquake.
Confirmed by the British Geological Survey, the quake's epicentre was in the market town of Oakham, occurring at around 7.07 am with a depth of 4km. Locals noted that their houses shook for as long as ten seconds, while the effects of the earthquake were felt 27 miles south in Wellingborough. Thankfully, no one was hurt and no property was damaged -- the BGS stated that it's unusual to see damaging effects from earthquakes measuring less than 4.5 on the richter scale.
By comparison, this morning's quake saw earth movement 100,000 times less severe than the 8.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Chile earlier this month, with a release of energy 33,500,000 times smaller.
The UK is hit by 30 earthquakes a year that can be felt by people, and hundreds more that can only be tracked by specialised equipment. Factors including the release of pressure from geological faults, landslides, local mining facilities and fracking can all contribute to quakes. [ITV]