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Minor earthquake recorded off Irish coast

The 2.7 magnitude tremor occurred about 150km from the Donegal coast.

A marks the spot
A marks the spot
Image: British Geological Survey

AN EARTHQUAKE WITH a 2.7 magnitude was recorded off the northwest coast of Ireland earlier today.

The deep tremor in the Atlantic ocean was noted by the British Geological Survey at about 9.08am. It was recorded at a depth of 34km.

The centre was marked 150km from the Donegal coast, according to the Meteo Times.

This isn’t the first seismic activity in the area this year. On 26 January, Donegal residents were woken by a minor earthquake, measuring 2.2 on the Richter Scale.

And on 6 June, a 4.0 magnitude earthquake struck about 30 miles off the coast of Mayo. British data showed the depth to be only three kilometres.

In May 2010, a 2.7-magnitude trembler hit Lisdoonvarna, just 6 miles from the Cliffs of Moher. It remains the strongest onshore earthquake recorded in Ireland since records began in 1978.

However, the largest earthquake felt in Ireland occurred on the 19 July, 1984. With a magnitude 5.4, it struck off the coast of Wales and caused minor structural damage on the East Coast of Ireland.

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