AN earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale shocked England this morning.
It was the biggest earthquake to hit the UK since 1984 – and was felt by countless people across Huddersfield.
There were no reports of damage but many felt the tremor shortly before 1am.
One man was injured when a chimney fell through his bedroom ceiling in Wombwell, Barnsley, and many homes and businesses in parts of the UK have been damaged by the tremor.
The quake’s epicentre was near Market Rasen, in Lincolnshire, but people across England said they felt buildings shaking shortly before 1am.
Many said the tremors had been strong enough to wake them.
Helen Porritt, of Holmfirth, said: “I was in bed when all of a sudden it started shaking.
“There was a big bang on my floor and I shouted to my daughter Tracey to make sure she was okay.
“My sister Pat lives in Lincolnshire and she rang to say they were okay but things had fallen down around them”.
Dorothy Wright, 75, of Butterley Lane, New Mill, said: “The bedroom was really shaking. The table lamp and radio were moving and it was very frightening”.
Nigel Lockwood, a staff nurse at the Royal Infirmary, was on duty.
He said: “The whole building shook. It was felt by all the staff on duty and many of the patients, lasting approximately 5-10 seconds. It was a sharp jolt which we thought at first to be caused by the high winds but later heard it had been felt throughout the Huddersfield and Halifax area.”
Hannah Scott, of Botham Hall, said: “Just to let you know if you did not feel it yourself that at 12.59am I was in bed and the earth moved!
“As I sat up I knew straight away it was an earthquake. I turned on my light and my wardrobes were shaking enough for the doors to move and when I stood up I thought I was going to have to get out of the house.”
Daniel Janes, of Luck Lane, Marsh, said: “It caused shaking of floor and doors in a stone built Victorian terrace in Marsh. Most powerful I can remember since being a child in Leicester when one from Wales hit us.”
East Midlands Ambulance Service, which covers Lincolnshire, said there had been a lot of emergency calls but no reports of injuries.
“Most of them were from elderly people who were quite frightened,” a spokeswoman said.
The British Geological Survey (BGS) initially gave the magnitude for the 12.56am earthquake as 5.3 on the Richter scale but has now said it was closer to 5.2.
It said the centre was 8km east of Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, and 22km south west of Grimsby.