Police in England say there have been no injuries or damage to buildings after a 4.2 magnitude earthquake hit parts of Kent in the south of the country.

Seismologists at the British Geological Survey (BGS) confirmed the tremor, which led to Kent Police being inundated with calls.

Kent Police began receiving reports of the earthquake tremor in the East Kent area at around 2.57am today.

Police and Kent Fire and Rescue Services have not received any reports of structural damage or injuries.

The BGS said that the earthquake's epicentre was approximately 7km south of the resort of Ramsgate.

It received over 400 "felt reports", with people reporting being woken from their sleep, windows rattling and furniture shaking.

Other agencies initially recorded varying measurements, including the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, based in Paris, said the earthquake measured 4.3 on the Richter scale.

The US Geological Survey measured the quake as magnitude 4.0.

The BGS said earthquakes similar in size to the one that struck Kent happen around every two years in the UK and about 4,500 times a year across the world.

It tweeted: "Today's 4.2 magnitude Ramsgate earthquake is approx 260,000 times smaller than the 7.8 Nepal quake event.

"This morning's earthquake is approx 25km northeast of the 28 April 2007 Folkestone earthquake which had a magnitude of 4.3 ML."

Some Twitter users also made light of the quake, posting some of the "devastating scenes" they witnessed in the aftermath.