Minor earthquake hits Cumbria
Related: Cumbria earthquake page on US Geological Survey
The quake - classed as 'minor' - was felt across Cumbria and in Lancashire, south-west Scotland, parts of Yorkshire, Northumberland and the Isle of Man.
The Brtish Geological Survey said the tremor - which happened just before 11pm - measured 3.5 on the Richter Scale and was centred on the Coniston area.
It occurred about nine miles underground.
There are no reports of any injuries or damage to buildings.
Mr Peter Kelly, owner of the Yewdale Hotel in Coniston, said: "It was quite noiceable. We were just closing up the bar with a few residents in and we just felt like a bang and then a rumbling but we couldn't decide what it was".
Hotelier Alan Robertson, who was in his 30-bed hotel in Eskdale, added: "The entire building shook. I ran out of the front door to be confronted by my guests running out of their part of the house. We couldn't believe it".
One man, who lives in High Harrington, near Workington, said: "It lasted a few seconds and sounded like a dull rumble. My wife felt the ground shake as she was sat on the settee in the living room.
"Our daughter came running down stairs saying her bed had moved and a wardrobe door had opened."
Christopher John Gabbott, writing on Facebook, said: "We just had an earthquake in Windermere. I was typing an email and there was one hell of a noise and a rumbling, thought a building had fallen down outside somewhere."
Nicola O'Hare wrote: "[I] thought the house was going to fall down!!"
And Neil Wilkinson said: "Bed shaking earthquake in Cumbria a few minutes ago, glad it didnt last long, the whole house shook."
Dale Grant, of the US Geological Society, which also records global seismic activity, said quakes were not uncommon in the area.
He added: “We have had 'quakes dating back to 1976. This is a seismically active area.
“The largest that we have ever recorded is a 4.3 (magnitude tremor) on November 21, 2002."
Mr Grant said the 3.5 tremor, initially reported to be 3.6, “would have got people's attention”.
“But this is not the type of magnitude that would lead to extensive damage,” he added.
“It is something that will be roundly felt in the area but, quite fortunately, it's not any bigger than it is.”
Quakes between 3.0 and 3.9 on the Richter Scale - used to rate the amount of energy released - are classed as minor. They are often felt but rarely cause damage. There are an estimated 49,000 of these quakes across the world each year.
A quake measuring 3.7 was recorded in Ulverston last April. One of 4.4 struck Lancaster in 1835.
BGS Head of Seismology Dr Brian Baptie said: "We get an earthquake of this size somewhere in the UK roughly every 12-18 months.
"An earthquake of this size and depth might be felt 80-100km away. The quake has probably made windows and doors rattle and small objects may have been displaced".
It came around 24 hours after quakes of a similar magnitude were felt on the Norwegian Coast.