The night when our homes shook as earthquake strikes

The epicentre of an earthquake that was felt by people in South Holland, Bourne and the Deepings on Wednesday night.  Photo by kind courtesy of the British Geological Survey.
The epicentre of an earthquake that was felt by people in South Holland, Bourne and the Deepings on Wednesday night. Photo by kind courtesy of the British Geological Survey.
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People in south Lincolnshire will remember Wednesday, January 28, 2015 as the night when the ground shook after an earthquake left the area shaken and stirred.

Reports of rumbling noises, furniture rattling and windows shaking came from Spalding, Holbeach, Long Sutton, Crowland and Bourne because of the earthquake which had a magnitude of 3.8.

A diagram showing the extent of the earthquake on a seismograph used by geologists to measure how much the earth moved on Wednesday night.

A diagram showing the extent of the earthquake on a seismograph used by geologists to measure how much the earth moved on Wednesday night.

The shaking started at about 10.25pm on Wednesday and lasted for up to ten seconds, with experts from the British Geological Society having confirmed to the Free Press that it had received 1,400 calls in the first nine-and-a-half-hours after the quake.

Free Press readers posted messages on our Facebook page, including Jackie Taylor of Spalding who said: “I heard a rumble (that) I thought (was) a heavy lorry (that) had come onto the estate.

“I was in bed and that shook, (so) I got up and my gas fire had moved, plus pictures and ornaments.”

Charles De St Croix of Donington said: “We also felt it (and) I had a friend who felt it in Lincoln and another in Grantham.”

A map showing the areas from where experts received reports of the earthquake.

A map showing the areas from where experts received reports of the earthquake.

Kelly Sims Battson of Sutton Bridge added: “I thought it was a lorry but (I) definitely felt it and heard it (where I live) by (the) golf course.”

Libby Hubble of Holbeach said: “I thought it was a lorry and it made the windows shake.”

The earthquake was felt within a 50km radius of its epicentre in Oakham and affected areas as far West Yorkshire, the West Midlands and Bedfordshire.

David Galloway from the British Geological Survey said: “It was a moderate earthquake in world terms and we get about two or three of them each year.

“One report we had said it ‘started with a bang and then continued with a low rumble’ and another from someone who said they were lying in bed when the bed started shaking and the wardrobe rattled. Other people reported a ‘noticeable swaying of the building’ and shaking which ‘lasted about five seconds’.

Mr Galloway confirmed that two smaller earthquakes, with magnitudes of 3.2 and 3.5, had occurred on consecutive days in Rutland last April.

“We live on a dynamic planet where the earth’s crusts are made up of major plates that are all moving at the same rate that fingernails grow,” Mr Galloway said.

“The UK is in the middle of one of these plates which means we don’t get the same kind of earthquakes as you have in Japan and the USA.

“Earthquakes have happened in the East Midlands before and they will happen again.”