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An earthquake has rocked Surrey for the second time this week with reports of a house shaking as if "a truck had crashed into it".

Researchers from the British Geological Survey (BGS) said the tremor, with a magnitude of 2.4, struck shortly before 7am in Newdigate near Dorking, at a depth of three miles.

The organisation said it hit in the same area as the 2.6 magnitude quake on Wednesday.

There were reports of "a loud bang and the whole house shook like a truck had crashed into it" for about two seconds, the BGS said.

Classic car parts owner Roy McNeill and his wife Judy, from nearby Beare Green, both felt the effects of the tremor.

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Mr McNeill said: "We were having a coffee and the patio windows had a gentle rattle, then the wall and the bed shuddered for a second or so, then stopped.

"We both looked at each other and said 'Was that a little earthquake?' It certainly felt like one."

A resident in the nearby village of Charlwood, which also felt the effects earlier in the week, added: "(It was) a noise and vibration that felt like someone was upstairs in the bedroom, jumping around.

"It was almost like a door being caught in the wind and slamming."

On Wednesday, lunchtime tremors were also registered in Rusper and Crawley, West Sussex, with reports of a few seconds of "rumbling and shaking".

The two largest British earthquakes of last year were both felt in Scotland.

A quake with a magnitude of 4.0 in Moidart in August was felt from Inverness to Glasgow and became the largest onshore event to occur in Scotland since a magnitude 4.0 earthquake struck Arran in 1999.

The largest offshore quake of the year was on 30 June, had a magnitude of 4.7 and was felt in Shetland, Orkney and Wick.