Friday 26 December 2014

Small earthquake tremor felt off south east coast of Ireland tonight

Published 18/03/2014 | 22:35

Carlow Weather confirms the small tremor.

A SMALL earthquake tremor was felt off the south east coast of Ireland.

Residents in Co Wexford reported feeling a slight shaking of the ground just after 8.45pm.

Alan O’Reilly, who operates the Carlow Weather website offering forecasts in the south-east, told how he was contacted by a colleague based just outside Wexford town who reported the small tremor to him.

Mr O’Reilly said he detected a “very small blip” on a sensor recording off the west coast of Wales in Pembrokeshire. The British Geological Survey Seismogram showed a very small tremor.

“It appears to be fairly weak,” said Mr O’Reilly. “There are a good few people saying they felt it.”

A sensor in Met Eireann’s Valentia weather station, which is not manned at night, records details of any tremors recorded around Irish coast.

Just last month, a a magnitude 4.1 earthquake was felt in the Bristol Channel just 18km off of Devon, and 33km south west of Swansea in Wales. It was the largest earthquake recorded in that area since 2001.

A few reports were received from as far away as 150km to 250km away from the epicentre on February 20.

Most described the shaking as mainly a trembling effect, with some saying windows rattled.

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