Magnitude-3.3 earthquake hits Dacorum

Did you feel the earthquake this morning around 9.45 am?
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An earthquake is believed to have been responsible for houses across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire shaking at around 9.45am this morning (Tuesday, September 8).

Homes in an area from Leighton Buzzard to Hemel Hempstead are believed to have felt the tremor.

One residents told the Leighton Buzzard Observer: “It came from nowhere - I thought that a van had driven into my house.

“The whole place shook, it was both scary and completely inexplicable.”

The British Geological Survey reports the quake as minor in scale, but has received 500 reports from members of the public who felt their homes shake.

Residents across Dacroum felt the earthquake, Katie Bell, from Hemel Hempstead, said: "It lasted for about 3 seconds, I live in a top floor flat and felt it, also friends in Berkhamsted felt it."

Caris Pike felt it in Gaddesden Row J.M.I. School.

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Pam Moriarty Moule said: "I'm in Gadebridge and we felt the whole house shake. We were on the 3rd floor of our maisonette at the time. My two sons and I all felt it."

Liam Edwards added: "Felt it here in Maylands Avenue my work colleagues thought I was going insane."

Anita Huntley felt it in Frogmore Road, she saud: "The building shook, I thought I was going mad when I felt it and thought someone in the warehouse had hit something but then I see it on the news."

Trisha Kimber said: "My son felt the house shake at about 9.45 am, in Grove Hill."

Ann said: "Definitely felt it in Deaconsfield Road. I was upstairs and thought maybe my neighbour was doing something structural with their floor maybe? Quite a disorientating experience."

Kelly O'Connor-Moreland added: "We felt it in Highfield."

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