I felt it!
I was in Newark, inbetween Nottingham & Lincoln. I thought there was someone with a big drill outside!
29th October 2001
Earthquake rattles Notts
Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire which felt the brunt of the earthquake
The British Geological Survey says an earthquake, which was felt across Nottinghamshire and the rest of the East Midlands, was the most powerful to hit the region for 250 years. It reached 3.8 on the Richter scale.
Minor structural damage was caused to buildings, but no-one is reported to have been hurt.
David Falvey, the Director of the British Geological Survey says the quake was down to a weakness in the earth's plates.
The events prompted scores of emergency calls, as people believed there had been an explosion.
No reports of injuries have been received, although hundreds of people rang police, wrongly believing the tremor to be an explosion.
Data from the British Geological Survey showing seismic readings when the earthquake struck
The epicentre of the quake - which reached 3.8 on the Richter scale - was near the village of Long Clawson in Leicestershire
Julian Bukits, a BGS assistant seismologist based in Edinburgh, said the quake struck at 1625 GMT.
Mr Bukits said the tremor was considerably smaller than an earthquake, centred on Warwick, which rocked the West Midlands on 23 September, 2000.
There was an earthquake, measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale, in Devon and Cornwall on 1 June, 2001.
Britain was hit by a similar quake once every two years on average, Mr Bukits said.