Earthquake strikes English Channel south of Portsmouth

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A MAGNITUDE 3.9 earthquake struck the English Channel south of Portsmouth this morning.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) reported the earthquake, which happened just before 8am today.

The quake had a depth of 10km and its epicentre was 50 miles south of the city.

It was the biggest earthquake to hit our region since 1734.

So far, the only reports of buildings shaking have come from Worthing and other parts of West Sussex.

But seismologists are reviewing data and hope to compile a list of affected areas.

Seismologist David Galloway, from the BGS, said: ‘We are still collecting information about where the earthquake was felt.

‘But we do know it was the biggest since a magnitude 4.5 in 1734.

‘It has been felt all along the south coast.’

EARTHQUAKE: Did you feel anything? Contact reporter Sam Bannister on (023) 9254 5803.