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Many Small Earthquakes - Scotland

Signs of the Times: Islay, Scotland recorded five more small earthquakes March 1, 2012
There were nine in February.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Islay, Scotland recorded five small earthquakes

More small earthquakes have hit the island of Islay off the west coast of Scotland.

Five tremors shook the island between 07:04 and 09:32. One resident described a very deep, loud rumble.

The British Geological Survey recorded the strongest at a magnitude of 2.8. A spokeswoman said there were no reports of any damage.

Islay Earthquakes February 2012

Since the beginning of February, a sequence of at least nine small earthquakes has struck the island of Islay on the west coast of Scotland. The largest of the earthquakes had a magnitude of 2.8 ML, while two others had magnitudes in excess of 2.0 ML. Eight of the earthquakes were felt by local residents who reported that " the house trembled from side to side", the "tin sheeted roof shook" and that it felt like " a very large heavy track moving vehicle".

Seismic activity in and around Islay is relatively low, although a number of magnitude 3+ events have occurred in recent times including a magnitude 3.4 earthquake off Jura in 1998. However, larger events have occurred elsewhere in Argyll in recent times including a magnitude 4.1 ML earthquake near Oban in 1986. The largest known Scottish earthquake occurred near
Loch Awe in 1880, with a magnitude of 5.2 ML.

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