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  Quake shakes south west England
Updated 30 January 2004, 08.51
Quake area
An earth tremor shook the south west of England on Thursday evening for about eight seconds, police in Somerset said.

A police spokesman said they got between 10 and 20 calls reporting what they called "movements" around 8.30pm.

He said: "We have no idea what's caused it, but it's being put down as an earth tremor." No accidents, damage or injuries have been reported.

A fireman described the quake: "The floor moved, and there was a deep rumble like a loud roll of thunder."

He went on to say: "The windows didn't move so we knew it wasn't Concorde. It was just the shaking."

Calls reporting the quake came in from many towns and villages in the Taunton area.

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