A LARGE earthquake has struck eastern England reportedly causing tremors to be felt for 60 miles.
The 3.9 magnitude quake — the largest in the area in a decade — hit Grimsby around 11.15pm last night, geologists said.
More than 400 reported feeling the tremors, according to the Earthquake-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.
Many described feeling their houses and bedrooms"violently shaking" and furniture shifting across floors as the quake struck Lincolnshire, East Yorkshire and parts of Warwickshire.
There are unconfirmed reports the quake could be felt more than 60 miles away in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.
Locals in Hull, who were just a few miles from the epicentre, spilled into the street to find the source of the shaking.
Pavels Gorbenko said: “My whole bedroom was shaking for up to two to three seconds.”
Katie-Beth Victoria Richardson said: “My whole house shook, everyone came outside their houses to check what it was. Scary stuff!
"Thank god I didn’t go in to labour!”
The British Geological Survey said the earthquake is the largest since February 2009 when a 5.2 magnitude tremor strike Market Rasen, Lincs.
Last night's quake struck at 11.14pm at a depth of 18km, the BGS said.
There are no reports of any injuries or major damage.
Paul Innes told the Hull Daily Mail: "It was one of the most bizarre feelings ever.
"I was sat watching TV on my sofa when I felt it shake the whole house.
"It lasted about five to ten seconds."
Kirsty Reid wrote: "My sofa moved and picture fell off wall! I thought I was going crazy, the dog even jumped off from me.”
Paul Grimley added: "Felt like someone running upstairs next door repeatedly."
But some plucky Northerners have laughed off the tremors.
One wrote: "Literally thought my lad had dropped the remote on his bedroom carpet ....meanwhile Mrs practically running to Anderson Shelter".
Paul Simpson posted a photo of his toilet roll on the floor, writing: "Devastating damage in our bathroom tonight due to the #Scunthorpe #Earthquake - the loo roll fell onto the floor. Here's an actual image of the carnage".
The largest known British earthquake occurred in the North Sea, near the Dogger Bank in 1931, with a magnitude of 6.1.
It was 60 miles offshore but still powerful enough to cause minor damage to buildings on the east coast of England.