A number of residents are reporting the effects of the tremor, with one revealing how their “house shook just before 6am”
A 2.8-magnitude earthquake has been measured near Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside, with locals reporting being woken by the tremor.
Parts of Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Stockton are also believed to have felt it earthquake.
Although it’s not a strong quake it’s believed that this could be one of the first recorded within this part of the United Kingdom.
The United States Geological Survey recorded the earthquake at a depth of 10km at 5.57am on Thursday.
A number of locals reported the effects of the tremor on social media.
Thursday’s tremor was the largest of nine earthquakes already recorded by the British Geological Survey (BGS) this year.
The previous biggest tremor in 2020 was a 2.3-magnitude earthquake felt in Arnisdale in the Scottish Highlands on 7 January.
According to the BGS, between 20 to 30 earthquakes are felt by people in the UK each year, with a few hundred smaller ones recorded by sensitive instruments.
The largest known British earthquake occurred near the Dogger Bank in 1931, with a magnitude of 6.1.
It was 60 miles offshore but was still powerful enough to cause minor damage to buildings on the east coast of England.