HUNDREDS of Hyndburn residents were woken in the early hours of Wednesday morning when the country was shaken by its biggest earthquake in 25 years.
The quake started shortly before 1am at Market Rasen, in Lincolnshire, but the tremors were felt as far away as Newcastle.
As the earth shook around them, concerned residents bombarded Lanca-shire Police with calls to find out what was happening.
Carol Beard, of Paddock Street, Oswaldtwistle, contacted the Observer after she felt her house violently move.
The 52-year-old, who works at Vine House residential home in Oswaldtwistle, said: "I was in bed at the time and all of a sudden the bottom of the bed was shaking.
"All the drawers underneath the bed were moving and all the cosmetics on my dresser fell off.
"I have an African grey parrot which was lying at the bottom of her cage after falling off her perch and her water dish had spilled out.
"My house seemed fine outside but it was all very unnerving."
Within 10 minutes of the quake hitting, around 200 calls had been received by Lancashire Constabulary, although no injuries or structural damage were reported.
The tremor lasted between 10 and 20 seconds and measured 5.2 on the Richter scale according to initial reports from the United States Geological Survey.
Husband and wife Leslie and Eileen Taylor said they felt the tremor in their home in Lodgeside, Clayton-le-Moors.
Mrs Taylor, 64, said: "The whole bed started shaking and the chest of drawers was moving. I knew it was an earthquake straight away."
Support worker Steve Tilley, 47, of Queen Street, Clayton-le-Moors, said he felt the quake and added: "I was sat having a drink and the room started shaking.
"My wife woke up and asked what was going on. I just said: ‘It’s only an earthquake, go back to sleep’."
Pensioner Grace Pilking-ton, 74, of Curlew Close, Oswaldtwistle, said: "The whole bed shook but I’d taken some sleeping tablets and when I woke up, I wasn’t sure if it had been an earthquake or just the side effects of the pills."
In other parts of the country there were reports of structural damage and power failures.
* An earthquake is the shaking of the earth’s surface caused by pieces of the crust that suddenly shift. The crust, the thin outer layer, is made up of cold and brittle rock compared to the hot rock deeper inside. This crust is full of large and small cracks called faults.