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Radio covers England earthquake

Live radio stations across England enjoyed extra listening overnight as thousands of people tuned in to gain essential information about an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3. BBC Radio Five Live's up all night programme took phone calls from listeners reporting that the quake took place at 12:56am.

Five Live presenter Russell Fuller read texts from listeners and spoke to BBC reporters around the country. Janice Long on BBC Radio 2 also invited reports from listeners who experienced the quake, which had an epicentre near Lincoln.

Pete Price, who was on-air at the time 450ft above Liverpool on City Talk 105.9 told RadioToday.co.uk: "The last quake was very scary but this one was much worse. It's a windy night anyway and when the tremor started everyone just looked at each other wondering what the hell was going on.

"The phone lines went mad with people calling in from Merseyside and all over the UK, with the calls continuing on the subject into the early hours."

In North Yorkshire, Minster FM was on the streets to find out listeners expereinces, with listeners grateful to the station for the coverage – Jane from Market Weighton told the TLRC station: “Thank you Minster FM I thought it'd lost the plot when the bed started rocking and the door started rattling. I now know it really happened from your coverage".

Back in the north-west and BBC Radio Manchester continued live programmes with journalists on-air till 3am covering the news.

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