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Magnitude 2.6 earthquake off Cork coast rattles doors and confuses locals

The Irish National Seismic Network says that earthquakes around Ireland are usually at a magnitude of about 1.5 or 1.8 so this is definitely more significant.

Estimated epicentre of this morning's earthquake.
Estimated epicentre of this morning's earthquake.
Image: Google maps

HOW WAS IT for you? Anybody across the south-east of the country who felt the earth move this morning, don’t worry it was just an earthquake.

But a relatively strong earthquake from an Irish point of view.

The Irish National Seismic Network (INSN) has confirmed that it’s sensors on Valentia Island and in Wexford recorded the 2.6 magnitude earthquake at 7.57am this morning.

It is believed the epicentre of the quake was under the Celtic Sea about 25km south of Courtmacsherry off the Cork coast.

People from a number of areas including Courtmacsherry and Timoleague have reported feeling the earthquake, with some giving details of doors rattling and and of others believing that a tree had fallen down nearby.

Director of the INSN Tom Blake says that earthquakes around Ireland are usually at a magnitude of about 1.5 or 1.8 so this is definitely more significant:

It was an unusual event in that we haven’t seen any events in that area before so it’s quite interesting and also the magnitude at 2.6 is at a magnitude where its beginning to be interesting from a seismological point of view.

“Theses events happen all the time around the world but it Ireland when they do occur people report them and we have a look at it,” he said.

Unfortunately its impossible to say whether they’re be another earthquake in the near future. “It’s not an exact science,” says Blake.

Read: There were two earthquakes in the Irish Sea this morning >

Read: Despite a few earthquakes in Ireland this year, we’re not signed up to earthquake drill today >

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