Scotland: Three earthquakes recorded in five hours as villagers report tremors


Durness: Villagers reported tremors after three earthquakes were recorded over five hours.

Durness: Villagers reported tremors after three earthquakes were recorded over five hours.

 By @ShaunyNews Via: http://news.stv.tv/highlands-islands/306217-villagers-in-durness-report-tremors-from-three-earthquakes-in-five-hours/

This is a lot for Scotland. We are not on any fault lines. 3 small earthquakes is big news here. I can see people from LA saying ‘Cute’ But we are not on any faults…

Villagers have reported feeling tremors after three earthquakes were recorded over five hours in the north of Scotland.

The first earthquake happened at 8.26pm on Thursday, January 8, and measured 1.5 magnitude with a second earthquake the following day at 12.21am in the same area and measuring 1.4 magnitude.

The third, and biggest, earthquake was recorded at 1.04am later that day and measured 2.4 on the Richter scale.

All three were recorded at Durness, which is the largest village in the north west of Scotland.

The area was experiencing severe weather conditions at the time of the earthquakes and power was down, resulting in a delay in the reporting of the tremors.

David Galloway, a seismologist at the British Geologival Survery, confirmed two people reported the first earthquake and four people reported the last one.

He said: “Due to the power outage in the area we didn’t initially get any reports but since the power has come back on we’ve received all the reports. We can confirm there were three earthquakes in total.

“It’s not connected to the weather in any way. We actually get around 2300 earthquakes every year around the UK with the north of Scotland being the most active.

“There will usually be about 20 to 30 earthquakes of 2.4 magnitude every year.

“There was no damage reported and we wouldn’t expect any more for a while in that region, although you can never predict these things with certainty.”

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