People living in the west of Scotland were awakened by shaking walls and swaying lights, after an earthquake shook the region in the early hours of Tuesday.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.1 occurred just before noon.
It is believed that the earthquake hit the Sound of Jura and took place 10 km below the earth’s surface.
Anyone in #Scotland feel #earthquake last night? Magnitude 3.1 in Sound of Jurassic 1:45 at night? Signal at station EKB1 (somewhere in the IMS array in Eskdalemuir, Scotland – data from @IRIS_EPO) https://t.co/hwA7ePKpo0 pic.twitter.com/oKMKRnR3bq
– Dr. Steven J. Gibbons @stevenjgibbons November 16, 2021
There were no reports of injuries or damage from the quake, which would have been strong enough to shake windows and pictures on walls.
A local said, “Nothing like an earthquake to shake you. That’s the biggest thing I’ve ever felt. The whole house shook.”
They added: “I’m in Tarbert Argyll. I’ve never felt so great, everything was shaking in my room.”
Another wrote: “The Argyll earthquake was about 7 miles from Lochgilphead and felt wide over Argyllshire.”
The quake was centered around the Lochgilphead area
More than 30 people reported to the USGS that they had felt the tremor, with reports coming from as far as Edinburgh and Ballycastle in Northern Ireland.
– EMSC (@LastQuake) November 16, 2021
The agency said the quake occurred 10 km below the earth’s surface.
Data from the British Geological Survey show that between 200 and 300 earthquakes are recorded in the UK each year, with earthquakes of between 3.0 and 3.9 on the mainland on average once every three years.
Police in Scotland said they were “receiving a report of a possible explosion and the ground is shaking” in the village of Tarbert around 2am.
A spokeswoman added: “Following inquiries, it was confirmed that an earthquake had occurred in the Lophilphead area.
“There are no reports of property damage or supplies.”