Kent earthquake ’causes homes to shake’
A 4.2 magnitude earthquake has been recorded in Kent, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has said.
The tremor originated near Sandwich at a depth of 15km (9.5 miles) underground at 02:52 BST, it reported.
Residents in other areas including Margate, Canterbury and Southend-on-Sea, Essex, reported feeling the earthquake.
Kent Police said a number of calls had been received but no injuries or structural damage had been reported.
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which monitors seismic activity across the continent, also recorded the earthquake.
One witness report on the centre’s website said the tremor had lasted between two and five seconds.
Others said the earthquake had caused homes to shake, with some being woken by the tremor.
Police said they began receiving reports of the tremor in east Kent at about 02:57 BST.
Neither the force nor Kent Fire and Rescue Services had received any reports of structural damage or injuries, they said.