2.7 Magnitude Earthquake Recorded Off Irish Coast

A magnitude 2.7 earthquake was recorded off the northwest coast of Ireland this morning.

The British Geological Survey said the tremor was centred 150 kilometers off the coast of Donegal.

The deep tremor was recorded at 9:08AM at a depth of 35 kilometres.

On June 6th 2012, a magnitude 4.0 earthquake was recorded off the coast of County Mayo, close to the Corrib gas field.  The quake happened at 9am, 60km west of Aughleam near Belmullet. Unlike today’s tremor, it was at a relatively shallow depth of 3km.

The most significant land tremor to be recorded in recent years occurred in May 2012 when a 2.7 quake hit Lisdoonvarna in County Clare in May 2010.   It also was the first tremor or earthquake to be recorded in the west of Ireland in modern times.

An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale, the largest ever recorded in Ireland, hit Dublin in 1984. Aftershocks from the quake measured up to 4 on the Richter scale.