I was on the computer when it happend and thought the cat had tried to jump on the back of the chair!!! Then Steve and Chole came down stairs, (Aimee was asleep on the sofa, she had a high temp last night, so I left her sleep there), and asked if I felt it, I then knew I had blamed the poor cat in the wrong!!!! Took a look outside, nothing!!! Steve did wonder if it was an earthquake!!!
It wasn't until we woke in the morning and heard the news, it was the strongest one in 25 years!!! In Market Rasen a few chimney stacks got knocked down!!!
This is just a little entry to remind me in years to come of our first experience of an earthquake!!
I found this report at The Gazette Online Edition:-
An earthquake in the early hours has shaken homes across large parts of England. The tremor, which registered over 5 on the Richter Scale is the biggest in the country for nearly 25 years. People in Newcastle, Yorkshire, London, Manchester, the Midlands and Norfolk were woken by the quake just before 0100 GMT.
The epicentre of the shallow tremor was recorded approximately five miles east of Market Rasen, Lincolnshire and 14 miles south west of Grimsby. The British Geological Survey have registered the tremor, timed at 12:56am, at 5.3 on the Richter Scale.
The Survey confirmed a second, smaller earthquake had been recorded at 2:46am, The nearby aftershock measured 1.8 on the Richter Scale.
An elderly man suffered leg injuries when a chimney collapsed in Wombwell in South Yorkshire, emergency crews said.
Bev Finnegan, who lives in Market Rasen, told BBC News: "I was terrified. The noise was really, really terrifying... it was so deep and rumbling.
"It felt like the roof was going to fall in. There were people coming out in their dressing gowns wondering what it was. It was quite an experience."
A Lincolnshire police spokeswoman said the force had received dozens of calls from residents but there were no reports of anyone in the county being injured.
"There is slight structural damage, cracks and a couple of chimneys damaged. There's nothing serious at present.
Dr Brian Baptie of the BGS said: "An earthquake of this size, of magnitude five or thereabouts, will occur roughly every ten to 20 years in the UK," he said.
The main 10-second quake, which struck at 0056 GMT at a depth of 15.4km (9.6 miles), was the biggest recorded example since one with a magnitude of 5.4 struck north Wales in 1984.