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UK is hit by second earthquake

A second earthquake in two days has struck the UK.

The latest earthquake, measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale, hit the East Midlands village of Cottesmore, in Rutland, at 10.25pm, according to the US Geological Survey.

It came after an earthquake with a magnitude of 2.9 was recorded in Winchester last night.

Residents took to Twitter to tell of their shock after realising an earthquake had struck.

Sally Smart ‏wrote: "Earthquake wow that was a biggen!! Thought a truck was coming through the house #adrenalinepumping."

A man called Ben wrote: "How was there an earthquake in England? It's the end of the world."

Another called Dirk wrote: "Meanwhile on Facebook, people from my village, where the earthquake barely hit, are making sure they're all okay and prepared for the worst."

Others posted photographs of framed pictures hanging on the walls slightly askew to show the aftermath of the earthquake.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) said: "Just looking into reports of a possible earthquake in the Leics/Rutland area. Watch this space."

It comes after an earthquake hit Winchester yesterday with police receiving reports of something which "felt like an explosion which shook their houses".

The quake is believed to have hit the Hampshire town at about 6.30pm at a depth of three kilometres, according to the BGS website.

A police spokesman said that no explanation or cause for the shaking could be found and no injuries had been reported.

The BGS said it had received a report from a residents who said "the whole bed was visibly shaking" as well as one who said the earthquake sounded "like a bus" crashing "into the neighbours house at speed".

Another told the BGS: "At least five other households ran outside to make sense of what had shook the houses."

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