Birmingham hit by earthquake – latest updates

Birmingham and the West Midlands have been hit by an earthquake overnight.

The earthquake struck at 10.59pm on Monday night with reports of sheds falling down and the walls of houses and flats shaking.

People were also jolted in their beds, as well as experiencing deep vibrating through floors, rumbling noises, loud bangs and small tremors.

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The effects of the earthquake – initially reported as a 3.2 magnitude tremor – were felt across the West Midlands, including in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Warwick, Walsall, Sutton Coldfield, Wednesbury, Willenhall, Halesowen, Dudley, Rugeley, Poole, Tipton and Rowley Regis .

According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, the earthquake had a depth of 10 kilometers.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) has since said the quake hit Walsall worst, taking place at a depth of seven kilometers (4.35 miles).

The BGS measured it as a 2.8 magnitude quake.

Pete Sandhu, a police inspector for Dudley East, posted on his Twitter account @DudleyInspector: “I thought someone was knocking on the window!! Just an earthquake in Dudley.”

In response to his 11.39pm tweet, Amanda Dingley posted: “Shook my house in Wednesbury too, just home from a late shift and thought someone had crashed into our cars/house!”

We will bring you all the updates, pictures and video as we get them.

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