'Earthquake in Leighton Buzzard? What next 2020??' Shocked residents report 'houses shaking' and 'windows rattling' after 3.9 tremor strikes in Bedfordshire town which is felt across Home Counties (14 Pics)

A 3.9 magnitude earthquake has sent shockwaves through southern England. 
Locals in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire all reported feeling the tremors - with one saying they 'felt their whole house shake'.   
The British Geological Survey (BGS) confirmed it is investigating reports of an earthquake which has been described as a 'large explosion'.
Others told the BGS it felt 'like a convey of HGVs driving past my front door at great speed' with others claiming 'the house had one dramatic shake'.
Shocking footage taken inside a home in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire - understood to be the epicentre of today's quake - shows the moment the earthquake struck.
Witness Dean Gray shared the footage of his terrified dogs to Twitter with the caption: 'Actually thought my house was falling down.'  
Some 610,000 people live in the affected areas according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.  
Initial data suggests that the epicentre was in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire
 Initial data suggests that the epicentre was in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire
The British Geological Survey's real-time Seismograms showed the affect of the earthquake
The British Geological Survey's real-time Seismograms showed the affect of the earthquake

Some 610,000 people live in the affected area according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (their population graph showing the surrounding area pictured)
Some 610,000 people live in the affected area according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (their population graph showing the surrounding area pictured)
It was felt at around 8.45am and had an epicentre 6.2 miles deep.
The BGS wrote on its Twitter account: 'We are getting reports of an earthquake in the Bedfordshire area. We are currently investigating this event and will post again shortly with an update.'
One local resident wrote on Twitter: 'What the hell was that? Felt like an earthquake in Bedfordshire.' 
A earthquake measuring 3.9 on the Richter scale has sent shockwaves through southern England
A earthquake measuring 3.9 on the Richter scale has sent shockwaves through southern England
Thames Valley Police's Twitter account for the Aylesbury Vale area shared a picture of an officer's spilled coffee after the earthquake struck
Thames Valley Police's Twitter account for the Aylesbury Vale area shared a picture of an officer's spilled coffee after the earthquake struck
Another said: 'My bed shook, my windows rattled I was scared for a second.'
Michelle Strong wrote: 'A mini earthquake in Leighton Buzzard was quite loud and saw things shake in my living room. Wow, what is going on.'
Tanya added: 'We just had an earthquake in Leighton Buzzard, I can tell you it was not fun in a second-floor flat, thought I was a goner.'
Chelle added: 'Earthquake in Leighton Buzzard? 2020 is the gift that keeps giving.'
Hayley wrote: 'Dear 2020, was an earthquake in Leighton Buzzard really necessary on top of everything else? We've already got enough to be going on with.'
Conor added: 'Earthquakes in England. 2020 really is going to be the year to end it all.'
Witnesses said they felt 'strong' shaking during the tremor.
Usha Chapman from Luton said: 'I was on a video call with my mum when I felt a sideways push. The door rattled and the TV fixed to the wall also rattled.
'It lasted for five seconds.'
Bedfordshire Police said no injuries had been reported.
The force said in a tweet: 'Our control room are currently experiencing a large number of calls due to an earthquake which was felt across the county. 
'We have currently received no reports of any injuries or major structural damage.' 
Thames Valley Police's Twitter account for the Aylesbury Vale area shared a picture of an officer's spilled coffee after the earthquake struck.
The caption read: 'Felt the earth move this morning? We can confirm that an earthquake occurred just over the border in Bedfordshire. 
'While not a major incident, it has been confirmed that extra resources have been drafted in to clean up the mess created by the duty inspector's coffee.'
Locals quickly took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the earthquake which sent shock waves through the south of England
Locals quickly took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the earthquake which sent shock waves through the south of England
The UK gets around 20 to 30 earthquakes every year which are felt by people, with hundreds more smaller ones which are recorded by scientists.
Their power is measured using the 'momentum magnitude scale' - and a 'strong quake' is normally registered as 6 and above.
A BGS spokesman said: 'We've had a hundred or so reports of the earthquake.
'Mainly people are saying that they heard a load bang, their windows were rattling that kind of thing.
'One person did say it felt like the Buncefield explosion.' 
'Obviously if you have not experienced something like this it can be quite alarming.'
He said they 'maybe get two or three this size a year'.
The Buncefield explosion was a major fire at an oil storage facility at the Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal, located near the M1 motorway in 2005. 
'Earthquake in Leighton Buzzard? What next 2020??' Shocked residents report 'houses shaking' and 'windows rattling' after 3.9 tremor strikes in Bedfordshire town which is felt across Home Counties (14 Pics) 'Earthquake in Leighton Buzzard? What next 2020??' Shocked residents report 'houses shaking' and 'windows rattling' after 3.9 tremor strikes in Bedfordshire town which is felt across Home Counties (14 Pics) Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 09:11 Rating: 5

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