- The British Geological Survey reported that three earthquakes hit the Scottish territory in less than 12 hours.
- The tremors caused fear among the population, and people run out of their homes.
- The earthquakes woke up all the residents in the area.
In one day, three earthquakes alarmed the citizens of Scotland. The earthquakes shook much of the territory, causing fear among people who are not used to something like this happening. This is according to information reported by Daily Mail and obtained from the British Geological Survey, which alerted the public through its official Twitter account.
Residents immediately expressed their fear by describing the earthquakes as feeling like “a freight train” rushing past their homes. Scotland is not a seismic zone, so the earthquakes took them by surprise. The first was a 3.3 magnitude and was felt in the western portion of the European country early this morning. People left their houses and went outside to the streets trying to figure out what was going on.
What happened in the danger zone?
The report indicates that the earthquake’s epicenter was near the city of Lochgilphead in Argyll and Bute. The tremor was felt in a wide area of the region at approximately 1:44 a.m. After only 58 minutes, another rumble was recorded, a 1.6 magnitude earthquake at Roybridge in the Highlands. This was detected at a depth of 7 km according to the British Geological Survey, and the tremor was felt at around 2:42 a.m.
The British Geological Survey confirmed a third earthquake at 4:09 a.m., again in Roybridge. It had a magnitude of 0.9 at a depth of 7 km. The residents of Argyll and Bute described their experience of the first tremor and said they knew it was an earthquake. So far, there are no reports of fatalities, but the authorities are assessing conditions in the area.
What did the people feel after the earthquakes in Scotland?
Victoria Winters, a 53-year-old resident, felt the earthquake in her home, “like a freight train.” It woke her and her 73-year-old husband, John. They live on an old stone farm far from town in a valley on Loch Fyne near Minard, Argyll, and Bute. Victoria said, “It woke us up, and we were a bit startled. It sounded like a freight train that appeared suddenly and then began to shake. It seemed like something really big was rushing toward you. I live in a big old stone house that is full of echos, so it made a lot of noise when it happened.”
She added, “It’s not the first time I’ve experienced one here, so I knew what it was. I imagine if you hadn’t experienced it before, it could be pretty scary. I’ve felt like four in the last ten years. It lasted five or six seconds, long enough to wake me up, continue, and then I realized that it was coming by the house.”
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Alison Suter, a 59-year-old mother of two, lives about 50 miles away in Oban. She was also woken up by the shocking movement of the earth. She described her experience as follows: “I was half asleep, and my bed really rumbled. My cat was asleep at the foot of the bed, and he freaked out and jumped to my side.”
She added, “It was a thud; it sounded like a truck passing by. It was more of a deep growl. We have had smaller earthquakes in the last three years or so. There was one that was 2.2 on the Richter scale, but this one definitely felt more violent.” So far, there has been evidence of serious damage to the infrastructure of the houses in the area where the earthquakes hit.
How many earthquakes are there in a year in that area of Scotland?
Rosemary Neagle, who lives on a farm in Kilmartin Glen near Lochgilphead, tried to explain what she felt. At first, she thought it was an explosion from one of the sheds in the nearby area. She said, “It kept intensifying and the house vibrated. It then rumbled for about 10 seconds, so it was pretty scary. I’ve experienced them here before but never to that point. The house had never shaken like this in the past.”
In Scotland, the largest earthquake recorded was near Loch Awe in 1880, with a magnitude of 5.2. In Great Britain, there are 200–300 earthquakes per year. Most are very small and hardly anyone notices them. But between 20-30 are of magnitude greater than 2.0 that can be felt in a wider area.
How can I detect an earthquake?
Have you ever wondered how it is possible to detect earthquakes on your phone? Undoubtedly, one of the greatest concerns of people living in seismic areas is not being able to react in time to the a dangerous earthquake. The good news is that, although until recently it had not been possible to predict when an earthquake will occur or the intensity it will have, now there are phone apps with a seismic alert to warn citizens of a possible earthquake.
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How does prevention technology work?
Are you ready to detect earthquakes on your electronic devices? It is easier than you think since you will only have to download one of these apps. Since the great earthquake of 1985, which seriously damaged infrastructure in Mexico City and caused thousands of deaths, Mexican authorities and private initiatives have been developing new ways of preparing citizens for the possibility of a seismological event through so-called seismic alerts.
Technology has allowed great advances in this area, and today it is possible to download the SkyAlert app to your cell phone. There are both free and premium versions. Before downloading it, the application suggests the following: “Enable all the permissions requested by the application, and always keep the geographical location active.” Filed Under: Scotland Earthquakes
What should I do?
In the SkyAlert GOLD version, you will be able to receive alerts with the estimated arrival time of an earthquake. Receive alerts through GPS, and you can add up to three extra locations, as well as personalized notifications of other hazards or natural disasters, in an ad-free experience. In addition to the previous recommendations, do not forget to test out the application to discover what the seismic alert will sound like in the event of an earthquake in your area. This way, you’ll be fully prepared for an event like this.
Another advantage of SkyAlert is that it allows you to view national and international earthquakes in real time, particularly those that exceed a magnitude of 4.0 for national events and 6.0 for international ones. SkyAlert includes the following products:
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