A 3.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Somerset in South West England

An earthquake has struck in the west of England, causing homes to shake in several villages, the British Geological Survey has said it happened around 10:49PM on Thursday Night.

It marked a 3.2 on the Richter scale, with people saying they felt the earthquake in Bridgewater, Taunton, Yeovil and Cheddar.

Social media was flooded with people reporting the shaking across the county.

Residents reported the “whole house rattled”, with another another saying there was “big rumble and [the] house [was] given a definite shove”.

Claire Berryman said: “I felt the earthquake, the whole house creaked and I heard a bang.”

Jahn Callow, from Street, said: “Felt it here. Shook the house and rattled the doors. Quite a shock went outside to make sure nobody had crashed into the house.”

Julia Thompson, from Barrington, said: “I just experienced my first earthquake. There was a definite rumble, the bed vibrated and my tea cups on the side rattled.

“My blood ran cold…it could have been a big lorry passing on the road outside but it felt like it came up from the foundations.”

The quake hit at 22:49 GMT at a depth of three miles (5km), the BGS said.

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