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Islay and Fair Isle quakes

Sunday 4th March 2012
Finlagen, Islay. Courtest: http://www.discoverislay.com/islay_history_heritage.html

It's an uneasy sensation when the earth moves beneath your feet. 2012 leap year day was memorable for whisky famous Islay, when a 2.8-magnitude quake struck the north of the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides, at 9.14am, followed by a 2.1-magnitude quake at 9.25am. It was the latest of six to hit the Hebridean island in February, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS).

It was the latest of six to hit the Hebridean island (panorama viewing here) in February, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS). The series of earthquakes then passed along the line from Islay  in Argyll to Fair Isle, (right) between Orkney and Shetland.

The island is best known for its style of knitted patterns and its unique wrens  had quakes of a 3.2 magnitude from an epicentre 2 miles offshore and 1.9 miles down.

(Two thirds of the depth of the detonations engineered by oil and gas extractions through the controversial fracking process notes For Argyll (waving its wooden spoon happily!)

That quake was timed at 2.59pm by the sensors of the British Geological Survey.

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