Scotland has experienced its second earthquake in a week: ‘It felt like a really loud, close passing train,’ says one witness.


Second earthquake in a week strikes Scotland: ‘It felt like a really loud, close passing train.’

As a second tremor hits Scotland in less than a week, residents describe ‘loud rumbling’ like a train and house shaking.

An expert described Scotland’s second earthquake in a week as “quite unusual” because “people could actually feel it,” according to an expert.

At 9.29 p.m. on Friday night in the Scottish Highlands, an earthquake struck just outside Roybridge, near Spean Bridge.

The 2.2 magnitude tremor had a depth of 7.5 meters, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS).

When compared to other earthquakes seen around the world, Glenn Ford, a BGS seismic analyst on call at the time, described the tremor as “absolutely tiny.”

“In terms of the UK, because we are a low seismic area, we only get about 15 earthquakes of this size or greater per year,” he said.

“We get about two to three hundred earthquakes a year somewhere in the United Kingdom area, so the fact that this one was actually felt was unusual because about 90% of them are so small that no one notices them.”

“You literally wouldn’t look up from your coffee or your newspaper for an earthquake that size in California or Japan,” Mr Ford said, noting that the night-time tremor was 17 billion times smaller than the earthquake that devastated Japan in 2011.

Iain MacDonald, who was staying in the village, was among those who were affected by the Scottish earthquake.

He said, “I felt the tremor, but I heard it a lot more.”

“It was incredibly loud, like a train rumbling past the house.”

“It sounded like a train passing by.”

I immediately recognized what it was; I’d heard it and felt the tremor before.”

Michael Sillars, a village resident, said he “heard a big rumble and the house shook.”

He described the experience as “a really loud, close passing train.”

Earlier this week, just before 2 a.m. on Tuesday, a 3.1 magnitude earthquake was reported.

It hit 11 miles north-west of Lochgilphead, 88 miles north-west of Glasgow.

According to the British Geological Survey, the UK experiences between 200 and 300 earthquakes per year, with tremors of 3.0 to 3.9 magnitude occurring once every three years on average on the mainland.

Second earthquake in a week strikes Scotland: ‘It felt like a really loud, close passing train.’

Scotland hit by second earthquake in a week: ‘It felt like really loud, close passing train’

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