Earthquake struck Cornwall ‘like a juggernaut had hit the house’

Earthquake struck Cornwall ‘like a juggernaut had hit the house’

Helston, Penzance and Camborne were all affected (Picture: Getty)

A magnitude 2.7 earthquake has struck Cornwall, with one local reporting the impact was ‘like a juggernaut had hit the house’.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) said said the tremor struck the Mount’s Bay area at 12.50am on Sunday.

They said on Twitter: ‘The BGS have received reports from residents in Helston, Penzance and Camborne. Reports described “a moderate rumbling”‘.

The BGS has asked anyone who felt the quake to fill out an Earthquake Report to help seismologists understand more about the event.

On June 28, the village of Tean in Staffordshire was hit by a 3.3-magnitude earthquake, causing windows and doors to rattle in the surrounding area.

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Earthquakes of this nature are not uncommon in Britain (the island including England, Scotland and Wales). In fact, hundreds of earthquakes shake Britain every single year.

The majority of earthquakes in the UK are small in magnitude and do not result in any damage.

However, there are occasional earthquakes in Britain that have the potential to be destructive.

Scientists estimate that the largest possible earthquake in Britain is around a magnitude 6.5 – surpassing the intensity of the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that hit Christchurch, New Zealand in 2011 and killed 185 people.

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