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Earthquake rocks the North East as residents report ‘explosion’ sound

Earthquake rocks the North East as residents report the sound of an ‘explosion’ after 2.8 magnitude tremor shakes houses

Residents reported their homes shaking and electricity flickering after an earthquake hit parts of North East England this morning.

Locals in Teesside and County Durham said they felt their beds move when the 2.8-magnitude tremor hit Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool around 6am.

Firefighters were initially called out to reports of a potential explosion at a bungalow, but it soon emerged it was a quake after other residents reported the same thing.

The British Geological Survey recorded the earthquake as hitting at about 6am this morning

Resident Steve Thompson, from Norton, in Stockton-on-Tees, told Mirror Online: ‘It was a strong ‘clump’ like a lorry crashing into mine or a neighbour’s house.

‘Then I started to see friends on Facebook experiencing the same thing. Many trying to rationalise it wondering if someone had fallen out of bed. Then we began to realise it had been an earthquake.’

Judith Fahey added: ‘At 5.57am I was woken up with my bed moving and my en suite door which was closed shook. I was quite startled that it woke me up.’