Cuadrilla, the energy firm behind fracking near Blackpool, detected the tremor
A tremor measuring 2.1 on the Richter scale was recorded at 11.01pm yesterday
It came just days after another earthquake measured 1.55M at the same facility
An earthquake made the floors of houses ‘jump’ as if a ‘truck had hit’ after a tremor measuring 2.1 on the Richter scale was recorded last night – the largest ever at the UK’s only fracking site.
Concerned homeowners took to Twitter after Cuadrilla, the energy firm behind fracking at the Blackpool facility, detected a ‘micro seismic event’ at 11.01pm.
The earthquake felt like ‘a car crashed in to the side of the house’, according to Rachel Clitheroe, who said her furniture moved after a ‘loud slam’ caused the floors of nearby homes to ‘jump,’ and ‘shook’ the walls.
It came just days after the previous record was set at the Preston New Road facility on Wednesday, when a 1.55-magnitude earthquake was recorded.
The latest tremor was just 0.2M weaker than the 2.3M shift felt at Cuadrilla’s Preese Hall in 2011, which caused fracking in the UK to be suspended for seven years.
The tremor was recorded at the Cuadrilla hydraulic fracturing site at Preston New Road near Blackpool (file image) +10
The tremor was recorded at the Cuadrilla hydraulic fracturing site at Preston New Road near Blackpool (file image)
Last night’s tremor lasted for one second and occurred when there was no hydraulic fracking taking place, a spokesman for the facility said.
Fracking was temporarily stopped at Preston New Road after Wednesday’s tremor, which Cuadrilla said would have felt similar to someone dropping a large bag of shopping on the floor.
Just minutes after the tremor was recorded people living less than a mile from the site took to Twitter to share their disbelief of the earthquake’s strength.
With many thanks to the: Mail online and Emer Scully for the original story
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