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Parts of western Scotland rattled by small earthquake in middle of night

Parts of western Scotland were rattled by a small earthquake in the middle of the night.

A tremor with a magnitude of 3.1 was measured at 2am around 11 miles northwest of the town of Lochgilphead in Argyll and Bute, some 88 miles northwest of Glasgow.

The earthquake happened 10km below the Earth’s surface, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

More than 40 people reported to the USGS that they had felt the tremor, with some coming as far away as Edinburgh and Ballycastle in Northern Ireland.

“Nothing like an earthquake to jolt you up. That’s the biggest one I’ve felt,” one person said on social media.

“I’m in Tarbert Argyll. I’ve never felt one that big, everything in my room shook,” they added.

Another said: “Woken in the night by an almighty crash. Nothing obvious. Strange. Then hear I news just now – Earthquake just north of Lochgilphead!!! Argyll turning into California by the minute.”

Between 200 and 300 earthquakes are detected in the UK each year, according to data from the British Geological Survey. The tremors range between 3.0 and 3.9 magnitude.

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