Monday 18 December 2017

Earthquake gets day off to a rocky start in northwest

Fanad, Co Donegal
Fanad, Co Donegal

Stephen Maguire

Donegal was rocked by a minor earthquake in the early hours of yesterday.

The magnitude 1.5 earthquake happened at around 6.45am, on the Fanad Peninsula and was felt by hundreds of residents around the Milford and Kilmacrennan areas.

A spokesperson for the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies said: "Events of this nature are not uncommon in this region.

"The largest event recorded in this area was a magnitude 2.2 which occurred near Clonmany on 21st November 1994."

There were no reports so far of any injuries or damage to buildings in the locality. This is the fifth earthquake that has been recorded by the Irish National Seismic Network so far this year.

Tom Blake, the director of the Irish National Seismic Network, has appealed to people who experienced the earthquake to get in touch.

"There was a minor tremor which measured 1.5 on the Richter Scale - that's a fairly minor tremor but was felt nonetheless.

"It was felt by people and would have been felt by animals. Our systems pick up very minute tremors.

"We are very keen to hear from people and if people could share their experiences with us then we would ask them to get it touch," he said.

Irish Independent

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