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Natural disaster felt in York and North Yorkshire

11 June 2018

The tremors of an natural disaster in East Lincolnshire were felt in Leeds on Saturday evening.

The British Geological Survey said the 3.9 magnitude shake happened 18 km or 11 miles below Grimsby at 11.14pm.

The BGS said it had received reports including how "the whole house shook for a couple of seconds", "heard a rumble with a simultaneous trembling", "the bed started to shake", "the radiator jolted" and someone who "thought it was a lorry crashing outside".

Real-time quake trackers European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported the tremors were felt up to 100km away.

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Reports that people in Norfolk felt effects of 3.9-magnitude earthquake which hit Grimsby

The BGS said that earthquakes of this size happen approximately every two years in the United Kingdom, although for anyone still shaking after Saturday night's quake, there are around 8,000 every year around the world that are larger.

Earthquakes powerful enough to be felt are rare in the United Kingdom and rarely hit above a magnitude of 5.0 on the richter scale.

Chris Bell, a forecaster at University of East Anglia-based Weatherquest last night tweeted to ask if anybody had felt the quake in Norfolk, but nobody has yet confirmed they did.

The largest natural disaster this year took place in Cwmllynfell, South Wales, on February 17 and registered a magnitude of 4.6.

Natural disaster felt in York and North Yorkshire