Updated: Earthquake tremors felt in Times Territory

PUBLISHED: 10:20 27 February 2008 | UPDATED: 09:40 27 October 2009

An earthquake registers on a seismic graph

An earthquake registers on a seismic graph

"I THOUGHT my house was subsiding." That was the reaction of Margaret Wood when her house and everything inside it started shaking at roughly 1am last night.

I THOUGHT my house was subsiding."

That was the reaction of Margaret Wood when her house and everything inside it started shaking at roughly 1am last night.

Mrs Wood, of Fair View, Little Heath, did not find out until this morning when she called the WHT that it was in fact a 5.3 magnitude earthquake.

She said: "I was petrified at the time.

"I was sitting on my settee watching TV, when all of our sudden I felt like I was being picked up a few millimetres off the floor.

"I jumped up because I thought someone was in the house as the house juddered.

"I've been trying to think about what it was all night, I was a bit worried.

"But now thanks to the WHT I know that it was actually an earthquake, I thought I was going mad!"

The quake, which was the biggest in the UK for nearly 25 years, was felt throughout the country and left one man from South Yorkshire with leg injuries when a chimney collapsed.

The epicentre was near Market Rasen in Lincolnshire.

Clare Lines, who is 20 and from Digswell, said she felt the quake, too.

“It was scary, I had no idea what it was; my mum made my stepdad check the house.

“I didn’t want to sleep. My little sister thought it was a ghost!”

Hertfordshire Constabulary received a total of 45 calls across the county regarding the quake, two of which were from Welwyn Hatfield.

* Did you feel the quake? Contact the WHT on 01707 327551.

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