Shake, Rattle and Roll! Tremors hit Donegal

People in north Donegal were left shaken, but hopefully not too stirred, last night when an earthquake tremor hit the region.

People in north Donegal were left shaken, but hopefully not too stirred, last night when an earthquake tremor hit the region.

Tom Blake, a geophysicist at the Dublin School for Advanced Studies confirmed that a 2.2 magnitude tremor struck north Donegal at 1.04am.

The tremor was recorded at a seismic monitoring station in Inishowen. The station was set up and is operated in association with LYIT and North West Electronics.

The tremor was also recorded at St. Columba’s National School and St. Egney’s Desertegney, where equipment has been in place for some time.

According to the Donegal Weather Channel, hundreds of people felt the tremor right across north Donegal, areas affected included Letterkenny, Buncrana, Kilmacrennan, Raphoe, Ramelton, Carrigard and Downings.

Mr Blake says more tremors are likely to be on the way.

“There most certainly will be more but we can’t say when. Donegal sees seismic activity fairly frequently compared to the rest of the country except for Wexford.

“There is a major fault that extends from Scotland through the north of Donegal specifically goes under the Urris hills, Lough Swilly and the Knockalla range.”

Tremors were felt here almost two years ago to the day. A 1.6 tremor was recorded on Jaunary 25, 2010 and a similar one again on January 27, 2010.

Prior to that, the largest recorded tremor to hit Donegal, a 2.4, struck in February 2008.

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