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Tremors from earthquake reportedly felt in Ballycastle, Co Antrim

Almost 50 people had last night reported feeling the tremors on the tracking survey, including one person in Ballycastle

TREMORS from an earthquake that shook parts of western Scotland were reportedly felt in Ballycastle, Co Antrim.

The earthquake, with a magnitude of 3.3, happened shortly before 2am yesterday.

The United States Geological Survey said the epicentre was around 11 miles north west of Lochgilphead in Argyll and Bute and 88 miles north west of Glasgow.

Almost 50 people had last night reported feeling the tremors on the tracking survey, including one person in Ballycastle.

The survey recorded that the quake happened six miles below the Earth's surface.

The Irish National Seismic Network in the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies also recorded the earthquake.

"On the 16th of November 2021 at 01.44 UTC a magnitude 3.3 earthquake occurred in Western Scotland," it said.

"The earthquake located with a depth of approximately 6km and is indicated by the red circle in the map below.

"There have been reports of the event being felt in Scotland and Northern Ireland."

Around 200 to 300 earthquakes shake the UK every year, according to data from the British Geological Survey, with tremors of between 3.0 and 3.9 on the Richter Scale occurring once every three years on average.

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