Donegal Earthquake Measures 2.2 On Richter Scale

A minor earthquake has been recorded in the Republic of Ireland during the early hours of Thursday morning.

Donegal residents were woken just after 1am by a small tremor and it has since been confirmed by the British Geological Survey (BGS).

BGS said that the earthquake registered 2.2 on the Richter scale and the earthquake’s measured depth was 3km. Earthquakes at the 2-3 range of magnitude are not generally not felt, but are recorded by seismological equipment.

The British Geological Survey said several residents of the area of Buncrana had reported feeling the earthquake.

Earthquakes are very uncommon for Ireland, being situated far from fissures or areas of tectonic activity.

The last similar-sized tremor was felt in Ireland in North Clare in 2010.


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