A seismic station at Glaisdale near Whitby picked up a tremor which measured 2.8 on the richter scale this morning.
The quake was measured near Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside.
Residents in Middlesbrough also felt the quake.
Locals have been woken by the tremor.
Some took to social media questioning the cause of the tremor.
One said: "It woke me up, I had no idea, what is going on?!"
Another added: "It felt like the car rolled into the garage door."
One woman said: "I thought I was hallucinating because I've got flu."