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Last Updated: Wednesday February 27 2008 10:06 GMT

UK rocked by powerful earthquake

The roof of this house in Barnsley was damaged during the quake

The biggest earthquake to hit the UK for almost 25 years has shaken homes across England and parts of Wales.

Lincolnshire was hit by the centre of the quake early on Wednesday, but the tremors woke people up as far away as Newcastle, London and Cardiff in Wales.

The main quake lasted about 10 seconds and measured 5.2 on the Richter Scale.

Lots of chimneys collapsed, roof tiles fell off and the emergency services received loads of calls, but luckily it seems no-one was seriously hurt.

The centre of the quake hit Lincolnshire
You've been telling us what the quake felt like where you live.

In Lincolnshire, eight-year-old John said it felt like a rollercoaster ride, but Molly, nine, thought it was much scarier.

"It was really bad here and we thought it was a plane crash from our nearest airport," she said. "We were bouncing around. It was that strong and really scary."

The last big earthquake to hit the UK measured 5.4 on the Richter Scale when it struck north Wales in 1984, but a smaller quake hit Kent in April last year.

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