Minor quake rattles parts of the north

A small earthquake has hit northern England, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has confirmed.

The BGS said the 3.6-magnitude quake struck 9km north-west of Ripon in North Yorkshire just after 9pm last night (3 January).

There have been no reports of injury or damage.

The BBC reported that people in Bingley and Skipton, north-west of Leeds, reported feeling tremors, which were experienced across Cumbria and West Yorkshire.

The BGS said an earthquake of such size might be felt up to 100km away but was unlikely to cause much damage.

It is the second earthquake in a fortnight to hit the North of England, after Cumbria was struck by tremors measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale two weeks ago.

Click here to download the BGS's preliminary earthquake report (pdf).