Scots homes shaken by THREE earthquakes as locals are woken by triple tremors

SCOTLAND was rocked by a flurry of earthquakes this morning as residents feared there had been a major blast. Three tremors were recorded on Scottish soil from just before 2am to shortly after 4am.

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Scotland was rocked by three tremors in the early hours of this morning

Houses shook in and around Lochgilphead, Argyllshire, with the tremors measuring 3.1 on the Richter scale. The quake’s epicentre was recorded in the sea between the Isle of Jura and the mainland just before 2am today.

A second shudder was felt just an hour later 90 miles away in the village of Roybridge, Inverness-shire, measuring 1.6. The quakes could be felt as far south as the central belt and even across the sea  in Northern Ireland. A third tremor – the second in Roybridge – registering 0.9 magnitude hit at 4.09am.

Terrified locals told how they worried there has been an explosion. Nicole Huseq, manager of the Lochgilphead’s Grey Gull Inn, said: “It was unexpected. “What I felt was like a big massive explosion or a truck hitting our building.

The whole building was shaking for five or six seconds. “I ran down to check the kitchen and to make sure everything was OK. I had no idea what was going on.

“I had a full house with quests and just wanted to make sure everything was OK. I then checked social media and found out it was an earthquake.” Stan Craig, 74, who owns the town’s Stag Hotel said he was woken up by the blast.

He said:  “It was a massive rumbling and noise. At that point we didn’t know what it was. “Nothing fell off the shelves or anything like that.”



Victoria Winters, 53, felt the earthquake rumble through her home “like a freight train”, waking her and husband John, 73. The couple live in an isolated old stone farmhouse in a valley at Loch Fyne, near Minard, Argyllshire.

Victoria, a management consultant and vice chairwoman of the Heart of Argyll tourism board, thinks it is particularly susceptible to tremors. She said: “We were woken with a bit of a start. It sounds like a freight train appearing all of a sudden and then it starts shaking.

“It sounds like something really big is hurtling towards you. It’s not the first time I’ve experienced one here, so I knew what it was.

‘LIKE A FREIGHT TRAIN’

“I can imagine if you hadn’t experienced it before then it could be quite scary.” The tremor could also be felt as far south as Lanarkshire.

More than 30 people reported to the United States Geological Survey that they had felt the tremor, with reports coming from as far as Edinburgh and Ballycastle in Northern Ireland. No structural harm has been reported with quakes generally having to record 5.5 on the Richter scale to cause damage. The agency said the quake happened 10km below the Earth’s surface.

Data from the British Geological Survey shows between 200 and 300 earthquakes are detected in the UK every year, with tremors of between 3.0 and 3.9 magnitude occurring on the mainland once every three years on average. The largest earthquake recorded in Scotland hit in November 1880 when 5.2 ML quake was recorded in Argyll. It was felt as far afield as Perthshire.

HISTORIC QUAKES

In August 1816, an earthquake shook Scotland from the Pentland Firth coast in the north to Coldstream in the Borders, damaging the town steeple in Inverness measuring 5.1 local magnitude.

And in August 1974, a 4.4ML earthquake, with its epicentre in Kintail in the north-west Highlands, was recorded as the biggest of a series of 20 seismic events to hit the region. Police Scotland said they “received a report of a possible explosion and the ground shaking” in the village of Tarbert at around 2am. A spokeswoman added: “Following enquiries, it was confirmed an earthquake had taken place in the Lochilphead area.

“There are no reports of any damage to properties or utilities.” The latest tremors in the UK comes a month after an earthquake was felt in north Wales. People in Snowdonia heard a “big rumble sound” on Sunday, confirmed to be a mini 1.0 earthquake on the Richter scale.

It was recorded at a depth of 6km with the epicentre given as “3km north-north-east of the village of Dolgarrog, Conwy”.

Scots homes shaken by THREE earthquakes as locals are woken by triple tremors

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