BREAKING NEWS THURSDAY 9.50AM: An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.8 has been felt in South Holland, Bourne and the Deepings.
Reports of homes shaking, floors trembling and tables rattling were reported from Spalding to Sutton Bridge, Bourne to Donington last night.
The earthquake struck at about 10.25pm within a 50km radius of Oakham, affecting areas right across the East Midlands.
Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian readers have 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 as (they) often get lost, thinking it’s a through road.
“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.”
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.”
David Galloway from the British Geological Society said: “It was a moderate earthquake in world terms and we only get about two or three of these events each year.
“We live on a dynamic planet where the earth’s crusts are made up of these segments or major plates that are all moving at the same rate that fingernails grow.
“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, Turkey, the Middle East and California in the USA.
“Earthquakes have happened in the East Midlands before and they will happen again.”