The British Geological Survey (BGS) have reported that a 3.3 magnitude earthquake hit the town of Leighton Buzzard, Bedforshire at around 08:45 am on Tuesday morning.
The earthquake had a depth of 10km and was felt across parts of southern England. Bedfordshire Police said they had received a large number of calls and no injuries were reported or any “major structural damage.”
Bedfordshire Police said on Twitter, “Our control room are currently experiencing a large number of calls due to an earthquake which was felt across the county.
“We have currently received no reports of any injuries or major structural damage.”
We've detected a 3.3Ml earthquake leighton Buzzard, full details at https://t.co/biLWtswv02
Image shows arrivals (up down motion only) on a number of out stations around England. You can also look at the data yourselves at https://t.co/h2wR0R9IUT pic.twitter.com/o3lzt1i5na
— BGSseismology (@BGSseismology) September 8, 2020
The BGS tweeted, “BGS is receiving many notifications from press & public in this heavily populated area.
“Reports include ‘like a convey of HGVs driving past my front door at great speed’, ‘the house had one dramatic shake’, ‘felt like whole house was shaking’ & ‘it was like a large explosion’.”
ITV News producer Marcus Chippindale tweeted from Leighton Buzzard: “Pretty sure we just had an earthquake at home. 2020 is not done with us yet.”
Another said: “I might be dumb but I thought the UK couldn’t get earthquakes. Felt it in Leighton Buzzard, I was scared for a moment.”