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Scotland rocked by 2.1-magnitude EARTHQUAKE as locals hear ‘banging’ sounds

SCOTLAND has been rocked by ANOTHER earthquake as locals report “big banging” sounds after two other tremors this week.

The British Geological Survey said the 2.1 magnitude quake hit Roybridge in the Highlands shortly before 9.30pm tonight.

Another earthquake has hit Roybridge in Scotland

Another earthquake has hit Roybridge in ScotlandCredit: Alamy

The agency said the rumble occurred at a depth of 7.5km.

Residents said they felt the earthquake in Spean, Bohenie and Roughburn, with reports of a “big banging” noise.

One wrote: “Another earthquake in Roybridge???”

Another said: “I just heard a big banging in Spean, I thought it was someone’s bins or something.”

A third wrote: “Heard and felt it.”

The British Geological Survey said: “A small number of reports have been received by members of the public in the Roybridge area indicating they felt this event.”

It comes after Scots reported a 3.1 magnitude quake in the west of the country on Tuesday.

Almost an hour later, a 1.6 magnitude tremor was recorded at Roybridge.

Rosemary Neagle, who lives on a farm in Kilmartin Glen near Lochgilphead, said the noise of the tremor was so loud that she initially thought something had exploded in one of her sheds.

She told BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “It kept on intensifying and the house vibrated. It rumbled on for about 10 seconds afterwards, so it was quite frightening.

“I have experienced them before here but never to that extent. The house has never shook like that in the past.”

There are roughly 200-300 quakes in Britain every year, but the vast majority are so small that no one notices them.

However between 20-30 are over 2.0 magnitude which can be felt over a wider area.

The largest known Scottish earthquake occurred near Loch Awe in 1880, with a magnitude of 5.2.

Earthquakes in Scotland are most often attributed to glacial rebound. Until about 10,500 years ago much of the north of the UK was covered by a thick layer of ice – which pushed the rocks down into the underlying mantle.

These rocks have been slowly rising back up ever since the ice melted, causing occasional earthquakes in the process.

The UK is also subject to tectonic stresses caused by the expansion of the Atlantic Ocean, which is slowly pushing the entire of Eurasia to the east, and from the northward motion of Africa, which is pushing into Europe from the south.

The most damaging UK earthquake was in the Colchester area in 1884. Some 1200 buildings needed repairs, chimneys collapsed and walls were cracked.

​Residents in Surrey ​reported a magnitude 3.3 earthquake that caused whole buildings to ​’​violently shake​’​