Houses 'rattled' as minor earthquakes shake Shropshire

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Image caption The larger of the two earthquakes was felt in Bishop's Castle on Monday

Houses have been rattled and dogs upset by an earthquake in Shropshire.

A magnitude of 2.3 was recorded in Bishop's Castle at about 16:50 BST on Monday, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said.

A 1.6 tremor was also felt in Newport earlier this month.

The BGS, which described the activity as "weak", said people reported "a really deep, earthy rumbling" and a "loud, unexplained rumbling" for about two seconds.

Others said the "whole house rattled" and it "sounded as if a large tree might have fallen".

The earthquakes were felt in several towns and villages, particularly those in the SY5 and SY6 postcode areas.

Veronica Pryce, from Cross Houses, posted on Facebook that she heard a "big boom" before the house shook and upset the dog.

While Debbie Holland, from Cantlop, said she was "so glad" she had not imagined the quake.

In 1990, Bishop's Castle was the epicentre of an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1, which was felt across the country.

In the past 50 days, the BGS recorded 26 naturally occurring earthquakes around Britain, with one of 4.2 magnitude on 24 September in the central North Sea and felt on the Elgin-Franklin offshore oil fields.

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