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So – did the earth move for you last night?

If so, the British Geological Survey want to hear from you.

Scientists recorded a Cornish earthquake measuring 2.2 on the Richter Scale at around twenty to three Sunday.

Three kilometres deep, the tremors epicentre was just off the A39, south of Wadebridge, not far from Breock.

The shock was felt as far away as Liskeard.

No buildings or property were damaged and no-one hurt, but folk in Padstow and St Austell were woken by the mini-quake.

Sue Dibble, who lives in St Tudy, told the BBC : “It was very loud.

“Like a whooshing and the house and bed were shaking. I thought I’d imagined it.”

The British Geological Society always want to hear from people who felt or heard the tremor.

In fact, they’d like to hear from you if you didn’t feel it, but live anywhere around Camborne, Padstow, St Austell or Liskeard.

Check out their full data on the tremor and see how to contact them HERE .

A spokeswoman for the Society said there were five earthquakes in Britain last month and six in October.

Records dating back to early History show ten people have been killed by earthquakes in Britain.

The most recent death was an old lady who fell down the stair when a 4.7 tremor struck Swansea in 1940.

In the Middle Ages earthquakes collapsed St Andrews church in Hichin and brought down the six bells of Canterbury Cathedral.

The most recent in the West Country before Bodmin was in Bovey Tracey in Devon in July this year.

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  1. Tony

    December 5, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Due to working night-shifts during the week, I find it hard to sleep at night during the weekends, this weekend being no exception. I was wide awake, and sitting at the computer playing poker, while my family were fast asleep on Sunday morning at 2-40am………. I live in St Austell, and never felt or heard a thing, in fact it wasn’t until I read stuff on the internet during the day that I even knew anything had supposedly happened…………… so how it is supposed to have woken someone up, really beats me.

  2. Bonny Bryan

    December 5, 2011 at 10:03 am

    We were awake at 2.40 am when we heard the rumble that vibrated throughout the house. I thought it was a heavy lorry passing, but there are no lorries passing through St Breward in the early hours of Sunday morning. My husband said that it sounded like an explosion and wondered if the quarries were blasting. We were both surpirsed the hear the news and to learn that it was an earthquake.
    St Breward resident

  3. Carol

    December 5, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I was woken by what I thought was a low flying helicopter as that is what it felt and sounded like. Clearly it was not. I’m in Camelford.

  4. Georgina

    December 11, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I am a resident of Camborne and didnt feel a thing. how it woke people up is beyond belief. i happened to be awake just as i could sleep.

  5. Roger Holmes

    December 11, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I was going to bed about that time and never heard nor felt anything special apart from the wind.

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