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Tremors in the Lake district UK!
Quake shakes Lakes: 'Deep roar' heard as earth tremors rock Wordsworth country
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 3:07 PM on 28th April 2009
An earthquake shook the Lake District today as thousands of tourists visited the national park.
The British Geological Survey said the epicentre of the tremor, which measured 3.7 on the Richter scale, was in Ulverston, Cumbria – three miles from the park’s boundary.
It was felt around Barrow, Kendal, Windermere, Fleetwood and the North Lancaster area after striking at 11.20am.
Tranquility shaken: The quake caused rumblings at Lake Windermere, above
A police spokesman said about 10 calls had been received from members of the public and the fire service had not been called to any incidents.
He said: 'I think the word is out there now that an earthquake has taken place and that it shouldn't be anything to worry about.'
Andy Casson, owner of The Sweet Stall, based in Ulverston Market Hall, near the epicentre, said the tremor lasted for about 15 seconds and sounded like a 'deep roar'.
He said: 'Everyone in the hall definitely felt something. It was a heavy rumbling sound, like a wagon revving up, or a deep roar, which lasted about 15 seconds.
'There was also a slight vibration but no-one was panicking and running around screaming. Business just went on as usual afterwards.'
Frank McCall, who lives in Grange Over Sands, said: ‘I felt the house shake. At first I thought a lorry had hit the side of the house.
‘I went outside and noticed neighbours were also on their doorsteps looking a bit bewildered.
‘There hasn’t been any damage that I can see, but it was quite frightening.’
The earthquake came exactly two years after a 4.3 magnitude tremor rocked Folkestone, Kent, and caused widespread damage to homes and buildings.
Last month the same town struck by a smaller quake, measuring 2.8 in the Richter scale.
Quake District: The tremor centred on Ulverston, three miles from the park
A spokesman for the British Geological Survey told Mail Online they were not expecting today's quake to cause any damage.
He said: 'Because it was relatively low on the Richter scale and because the epicentre was at a depth of 8.8km below ground its effect was relatively limited.
'The one in Kent was only 2km below ground and 4.3 on the Richter scale, so it effect was much stronger.
'However, today's earthquake was still felt over quite a wide area and within an hour and a half of it happening we had already received 400 reports from members of the public.
'People in the area certainly would have felt the ground shake.'
In south Cumbria, the last recorded earthquake happened in Grange-over-Sands in 1993 with a magnitude of 3.
The largest seismic event in the region was in Lancaster in 1835 with a magnitude of 4.4 which only caused minor damage, she added.