Cornwall hit by earthquake measuring 2.2 on the Richter scale

Parts of Falmouth in Cornwall were struck by an earthquake on Thursday night (Picture: Getty)

Parts of Cornwall have been struck by an earthquake measuring 2.2 on the Richter scale.

People reported feeling their houses shake after the tremor hit areas of west Cornwall including Helston, Redruth and Falmouth on Thursday.

The British Geological Survey confirmed that a quake had hit 5km south-west of Falmouth just before 5pm measuring 2.2 on the Richter scale.

The British Geological Survey said the tremor hit around 5km south-west of Falmouth in Cornwall (Picture: British Geological Survey)

It said it had received a large number of reports from members of the public.

One person described a: “loud bang from beneath” as they sat on the sofa, adding: “windows shook”.

One person wrote on Twitter: “What the hell was that! The whole house shook”, while another said: “Heard it and shook the house in Breage.”

There were a few jokes too, with Lynsey Green posting a meme showing a broken pasty as a victim of the tremor.

It is believed the quake was caused by movement in the Carrick Thrust fault line, which runs along the Cornish Coast.

The British Geological Survey said in the UK there are around 15 events of this size or greater each year - and globally around 700 per day.

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