Minor quake felt in Wicklow

A small earthquake was reported in parts of Wicklow and the south east last night.

The minor tremor registered a 2.2 magnitude on the Richter scale at around 8.45pm.

The earthquake’s epicentre was identified as about 11km offshore of the mouth of the Slaney.

According to the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, the quake had nothing to do with proximity to a geological fault, but is rather the Earth’s surface continuing to experience a “glacial rebound”.

This is a result of the rapid removal of the ice layer after the Ice Age which is causing the land to rebound into place.

The fallout from the earthquake was felt most on social media, with Twitter abuzz with ‘felt’ reports and one radio station in the region receiving over 18,000 reports from locals.

People in Rosslare, Barntown Enniscorthy and Wexford town reported hearing a “loud rumble” a “slight shake” and a “roar like thunder”, while Aughrim-based Wicklow Weather also reported a slight tremor.

Visit dias.ie for more information or fill in a “felt report” by searching for dias earthquake questionnaire.

 

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