Kent earthquake ’causes homes to shake’.
A 4.2 magnitude earthquake has been recorded in Kent, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has said.
The tremor originated near Sandwich at a depth of 15km (9.5 miles) underground at 02:52 BST, it reported.
Residents in other areas including Margate, Canterbury and Southend-on-Sea, Essex, reported feeling the earthquake.
Kent Police said a number of calls had been received but no injuries or structural damage had been reported.
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which monitors seismic activity across the continent, also recorded the earthquake.
One witness report on the centre’s website said the tremor had lasted between two and five seconds.
Others said the earthquake had caused homes to shake, with some being woken by the tremor.
BBC South East reporter Simon Jones, who lives in Canterbury, said he was woken up when his house started shaking.
“The initial thought was perhaps something had gone into the house, like a lorry but then I turned to social media and people right across east Kent were reporting an earthquake,” he said.
Vikki Petts tweeted: “So we just had a 4.3 magnitude earthquake in Kent and my housemates slept through the entire thing. certainly woke me up!”
Jonathan Tapp said: “Earthquake in East Kent and now can’t get back to sleep. Despite months spent in [New Zealand] this is my first one that I’ve felt.”
Iain Buchanan, from Ramsgate, said: “So I’m not going mental, my house shook due to an earthquake in Kent of all places.”
Police said they began receiving reports of the tremor in east Kent at about 02:57 BST.
Neither the force nor Kent Fire and Rescue Services had received any reports of structural damage or injuries, they said.