Parts of UK struck by earthquake as 5.1 magnitude tremor rattles houses

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An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale rocked several parts of the UK this morning,

The bulk of the tremors were felt in Scotland were many people reported their homes had been "rattling" in the early hours of the morning.

According to the the British Geological Survey, the quake was felt in Shetland, Aberdeen, Ellon, Stonehaven, Helmsdale, Inverurie, Lairg, Huntly, Banff and Fraserburgh.

The tremor originated off of the coast of north east of Shetland at 5.32am reports the Sun.

The amazing power of the quake jolted many Brits out of bed with some reporting hearing a low rumble.

The power of the natural event was even m,ore frightening when the location of the original tremor is considered.

The epicentre of the quake was about 86 miles west of Norway beneath the earth’s surface in the Norwegian Sea.

Over 70 members of the public reported the quake, which lasted around two minutes according to the United States Geological Survey.

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Speaking to the Shetland News, resident Tiffany Rollo described the horrific event which left her house "rattling."

She said: "I thought it was just a heavy goods lorry or something passing initially.

"But it seemed to get worse with the whole house shaking and items on my bedside table were rattling and vibrating."

Also speaking to the paper, Adam Priest said: "The house shook for 30 seconds, like a tuning fork.

"It woke me at first then just kept shaking, slowly diminishing over the 30 seconds."

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