BREAKING: Scotland hit by Earthquake overnight
Scotland had a shaky night
In the dead of night, a 3.1 magnitude earthquake shook Scotland in the early hours of November 16, the United States Geological Survey found (USGS).
— EMSC (@LastQuake) November 16, 2021
The earthquake is said to have occurred just before 2 am with its epicentre 11 miles northwest of the town of Lochgilphead.
While more than 30 people reported they had felt a tremor, such reports were widespread from Edinburgh and Northern Ireland locations.
USGS said that the shake occurred 10km beneath the Earth’s surface
One resident wrote on social media: “Nothing like an earthquake to jolt you up. That’s the biggest one I’ve felt. Whole house shook.
“I’m in Tarbert Argyll. I’ve never felt one that big, everything in my room shook.”
Data from Geological survey’s shows that the UK actually experience between 200 and 300 earthquakes every year, with tremors usually between 3.0 and 3.9.
On June 7 1931, The North Sea earthquake clocked an impressive 6.1 magnitude and set itself in the history books are the largest earthquake ever in the UK.
For context, the highest ever recorded earthquake came on May 9 1960, but this time in South America.
The Valdivia earthquake, which took place in Chile, registered as 9.5 on the Richter scale, and it comes as no surprise that it displaced, killed, and injured hundreds of thousands of people.
So while the UK never experiences earthquakes of such colossal magnitudes, any ground shaking is completely terrifying.
USGS describes an earthquake as: “The shaking will feel violent and it will be difficult to stand up. The contents of your house will be a mess. A large earthquake far away will feel like a gentle bump followed several seconds later by stronger rolling shaking that may feel like sharp shaking for a little while.”
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