UK earthquake: 3.1 magnitude tremor startles sleeping residents – 'Whole house shook'


    An area of Scotland was hit by a 3.1 magnitude earthquake just before 2am this morning, startling residents awake. The epicentre of the quake was close to the town of Lochgilphead in Argyll and Bute and reports reveal tremors were felt in the region at around 1:44am.

    Resident Kyla Steele, from the nearby town of Tarbert, tweeted: “Nothing like an earthquake to jolt you up.

    “That’s the biggest one I’ve felt.

    “Whole house shook.

    “Quite strong here given it was near Oban apparently.”

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    This latest tremor comes a month after north Wales was hit with a shocking quake.

    Residents of Snowdonia reported an earthquake caused a “big rumble sound” which has now been confirmed to measure 1.0 on the Richter scale by the British Geological Survey.

    The tremor, recorded at a depth of 6km, had the epicentre given as “3km north-north-east of the village of Dolgarrog, Conwy“.

    Such tremors are relatively common in Britain.

    According to the British Geological Survey, annually between 200 and 300 earthquakes are detected in the UK.


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