Parts of UK rocked by 5.1 magnitude EARTHQUAKE as people wake to homes rattling

PARTS of the UK had been rocked by a 5.1 magnitude EARTHQUAKE within the early hours this morning.

Dozens of people reported that their homes had been “rattling” at the moment as the tremors shook elements of northern Scotland.

People living in Scotland reporting feeling the earthquake this morning
People residing in Scotland reporting feeling the earthquake this morningCredit: Volcano Discovery
The epicentre was located in the Norwegian Sea
The epicentre was situated within the Norwegian SeaCredit: Twitter

The quake, which measured 5.1 magnitude, occurred at 5.32am off the coast to the north-east of Shetland.

But as a result of of the gap from the epicentre, the depth of the earthquake within the UK was felt lower than the determine recorded within the Norwegian Sea.

The British Geological Survey stated it was felt in Shetland, Aberdeen, Ellon, Stonehaven, Helmsdale, Inverurie, Lairg, Huntly, Banff and Fraserburgh.

Brits reported listening to “low rumbling sounds” as home windows “rattled” with the earthquake.

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Others stated they felt “three waves of vibration in about three seconds” as many had been awoken by the tremors.

Meanwhile, people in elements of Scotland stated their “bed shook and windows creaked” they usually “felt it as well as heard it, enough to wake me up”.

The survey stated one report got here from Aberdeen – greater than 311 miles from the epicentre – which was about 86 miles west of Norway.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake occurred beneath the earth’s floor within the Norwegian Sea.

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More than 70 members of the general public reported the quake, which was stated to have lasted round two minutes, to the USGS.

Ryan Thomson, who lives in Wadbister, Shetland, stated he awakened to one thing that appeared like a “low flying jet.”

He stated: “I initially awakened with the sound which was very comparable to a really low flying jet or extraordinarily loud thunder, it wasn’t till I noticed the sunshine shade transferring that I clicked that this might be a small earthquake.

“There wasn’t a lot motion right here, I consider different elements of Shetland felt that extra, however the noise was extraordinarily loud and fairly alarming.

“Earthquakes are of course very uncommon however not unheard of right here in Shetland.

“There was one around five years ago in a similar place, but this was certainly the loudest and most noticeable one I’ve ever experienced in Shetland.”

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Tiffany Rollo, who lives in Sandwick, Shetland, instructed Shetland News: “I believed it was only a heavy items lorry or one thing passing initially.

“But it seemed to get worse with the whole house shaking and items on my bedside table were rattling and vibrating.”

Adam Priest added: “The home shook for 30 seconds, like a tuning fork.

“It woke me at first then just kept shaking, slowly diminishing over the 30 seconds.”

In January, a major earthquake measuring 3.6 in magnitude was recorded within the North Sea, in an space of oil and fuel platforms.

It struck round 146 miles east of Aberdeen.


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It will not be but clear if Monday’s quake was additionally felt on the oil rigs within the surrounding areas.

A 6.1 magnitude quake hit the North Sea in 1931 and one other within the space measuring 5.1 was recorded in 1958.

The 1931 tremor on the Dogger Bank was the strongest earthquake recorded within the UK since measurements started.

A small non-destructive tsunami wave was reported to have hit the east coast of England and different international locations across the North Sea.

The largest recognized Scottish earthquake on land occurred close to Loch Awe in 1880, with a magnitude of 5.2.

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There are roughly 200 to 300 quakes in Britain yearly, however the overwhelming majority are so small that nobody notices them.

However, between 20 and 30 are over 2.0 magnitude which could be felt over a wider space.

The 5.1 earthquake was felt in Scotland today
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