For those of you in more exotic climes that might no seem such a big deal, but for northern England its a extraordinary event.
At 1.05 this morning I was woken by the whole house moving - doors were all rattling in their frames and the bed felt like someone was giving it a gentle shake. It wasn't too much of a shake as neither my wife nor children were woken.
After a quick trawl around the house to check for damage (none, fortunately) my first reaction was to check BBC's website to see if it was what I suspected. By 1.20 the Beeb had no news of anything extraordinary which was quite disappointing, but also shows how much the web and ready access to the internet news services has become an integral part of our lives.