English News:Somerset earthquake: houses rattled during 3.2-magnitude quake

A 3.2-magnitude earthquake rumbled through Somerset, with some residents saying they thought a vehicle had hit their house.

The British Geological Survey reported the tremor had been felt in several towns and villages in the southwest county.

Somerset folk described a “big rumble”, a “boom”, and said their “whole house rattled”.

The BGS said the quake affected the area near Bridgwater, six miles (10km) north of Taunton, at 10.49pm.

It hit at a depth of three miles.

We the Euro Weekly News spoke to Somerset locals this morning to clarify the position.

Richard Webber of Stoke Sub Hamdon said he “thought a lorry had hit our house it was that loud”.

Paul Studley of Martock commented ” crikey the earth moved for me last night alright but I went outside to check and both my motorbikes were turned over in the garage and my tools had been spread all across the floor”

Alistar Pike who lives on the famous Ham Hill near Odcombe commented ” At first I thought a Ham stone rock face had come down by quarry men working late, I went outside to look as it seemed strange and two of the large rock faces had come tumbling down luckily nobody was about under the rock faces”

The earthquake was felt right across the County and police officer Iain Stamper at Bridgewater police station said ” we were inundated by 999 calls by terrified members of the public, the noise was very load indeed and startled people”

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