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  Earthquake rocks the Midlands
Updated 02 November 2001, 10.04
Melton Mowbray was hit by the earthquake
Melton Mowbray was hit by the earthquake

An earthquake recently struck the East Midlands. Ellie lives in the area, and reports on what happened.

"East Midlands was hit by an earthquake on the evening of Sunday 28 October. It was very scary.

Cracked walls

The earthquake force was measured at 3.8 which is quite strong.

Luckily it didn't kill anyone but it did pull down a few tall chimneys.

It also cracked the walls of some houses, making them too dangerous to live in.

Map of the area affected by the earthquake
Map of the area affected by the earthquake
It only lasted about 10 to 15 seconds but it still frightened many people.

Aftershock

Its epicentre was Long Clawson (six miles from my home town) and ripples were felt as far as Doncaster!

Experts are still trying to figure out what caused the earthquake.

There is said to be an aftershock coming in the next few days which is normal. But it won't be as bad as the actual earthquake.

Earthquakes are rare

Thousands are thought to have been frightened by the experience, especially young children and elderly people.

The places that were affected are probably glad earthquakes are quite rare in United Kingdom.

But earthquakes don't only happen in foreign countries - small ones could happen in your home town or village one day!"

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