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We may not be on a faultline, but we are still at risk of a big one

Published 19/03/2011 | 05:00

Ireland is not immune to seismic activity, even though the country is not sitting on any of the world's major faultlines.

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Numerous earth movements have hit Ireland and Britain over the centuries. Experts here say significant earthquakes struck Ireland in 1755, 1941 and 1975, as well as a strong tremor in July 1984.

And more recently, in December 2009, a minor earthquake with a local magnitude of 3.5 on the Richter scale hit Cumbria, shaking buildings here and causing minor damage.

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