Skye earthquake rattles windows and sets house beams creaking

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A number of residents on Skye reported windows rattling and house beams creaking during a small earthquake that struck the island on Friday.

The British Geological Survey (BGS), which monitors earthquakes and seismic activity around the world, recorded the event as a 2.6 magnitude quake at a depth of 7km at about 5.40pm, a few miles north east of Isleornsay.

It has rated the intensity of the event as three on its 1-12 scale, after receiving more than 30 reports from people who felt it.

On the scale, one is where the earthquake is not felt by humans and only picked up on seismic equipment whereas 12 is described as ‘completely devastating’.

Friday’s quake was felt by residents in Isleornsay, Teangue, Kyleakin, Kylerhea, Breakish, and Camuscross – all on Skye – as well as in Glenelg, Scallasaig, Ratagan, Bernera, Saraig and Inverie.

All reports were from within 20km of the earthquake location. Typical reports including descriptions such as ‘walls and floor shook’, ‘windows rattled’, ‘beams in the house creaked’, ‘sounded like a door banging’, ‘sounded like an explosion’ and ‘it was like thunder followed by a rumbling’.

The day before, Thursday, the BGS registered a tremor on Mull shortly before  1.30am. It recorded a magnitude of 0.9 at a depth of 2km.