A mild earthquake has struck the Sellafield-area.

A mild earthquake has struck Cumbria and surrounding areas.


The event, which measured 3.6 on the Richter scale, occurred just moments after 2300 GMT on Tuesday night. Area residents said that lasted over a minute and described being able to feel and hear the Earth move below them.

People throughout Cumbria reported feeling the quake, as did some in Lancashire, the Isle of Man Northumberland and portions of southwest Scotland. Additionally, the BBC said it had received numerous messages from people in Cockermouth, Sellafield, Barrow, Penrith and Windermere saying they had felt the tremor.

Despite the US Geological Survey recording mild seismologic event, there have been no reports of injuries or damage. Fire and Rescue Services in Cumbria also confirmed in the early morning hours on Wednesday that the tremor had occurred and no injuries were reported thus far.

A Cumbria Fire and Rescue spokesman said during a statement that they hadn’t yet had any request from the public and that it didn’t appear that any structural damage had taken place in the area. Meanwhile British Geological Survey seismologist David Galloway said that there wasn’t likely to be any damage reported.

The BGS said that the centre of the event was recorded at a depth of about 9 miles in Coniston, Cumbria, about five and a half miles southwest of Ambleside.

More info at BBC

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