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Cornwall was hit by a 2.7 magnitude earthquake that ‘felt like a mask hitting the house’

An earthquake has hit Cornwall – with one resident describing the impact as “like a mask hitting the house”.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) said a magnitude 2.7 earthquake struck at a depth of 13km and shook the Mount’s Bay area at 12.50pm on Sunday.

He said he had received reports from residents in Helston, Penzance and Camborne, as well as several other nearby towns and villages.

The reports were mainly from about 30km from the epicenter, the BGS said.

“Reports described ‘a deep, low rumble’, ‘a moderate rumble’, ‘the whole house vibrated’ and ‘a thump and jolt, as if a mask had hit the house,'” he added.

The BGS appealed to anyone who felt the quake to complete an Earthquake Report to help seismologists understand more about the event.

Dr David Hawthorn, a seismologist at the BGS, told BBC Cornwall: “This was quite small by global standards.

“In the UK we have phenomenally complicated geology and this is particularly true in Cornwall and sooner or later the stress drops and we have an earthquake.”

He added: “We’re still getting data so please give us a description because we want to know how much the ground is shaking at any given location.”

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Dr Hawthorn said the UK experiences around 200 to 300 earthquakes a year, although only around 30 are felt.