Earthquakes strike Ireland and southwest of Santorini volcano in Crete

January 26, 2012 IRELANDPeople in north Donegal were left shaken, but hopefully not too stirred, last night when an earthquake tremor hit the region. Tom Blake, a geophysicist at the Dublin School for Advanced Studies confirmed that a 2.2 magnitude tremor struck north Donegal at 1.04 am. The tremor was recorded at a seismic monitoring station in Inishowen. The station was set up and is operated in association with LYIT and North West Electronics. The tremor was also recorded at St. Columba’s National School and St. Egney’s Desertegney, where equipment has been in place for some time. According to the Donegal Weather Channel, hundreds of people felt the tremor right across north Donegal, areas affected included Letterkenny, Buncrana, Kilmacrennan, Raphoe, Ramelton, Carrigard and Downings. Mr Blake says more tremors are likely to be on the way. “There most certainly will be more but we can’t say when. Donegal sees seismic activity fairly frequently compared to the rest of the country except for Wexford. “There is a major fault that extends from Scotland through the north of Donegal specifically goes under the Urris hills, Lough Swilly and the Knockalla range.” Tremors were felt here almost two years ago to the day. A 1.6 tremor was recorded on Jaunary 25, 2010 and a similar one again on January 27, 2010. Prior to that, the largest recorded tremor to hit Donegal, a 2.4, struck in February 2008. –Donegald Democrat 
Crete jolted by moderate quake: An earthquake measuring 5.3 magnitude on the Richter scale jolted the islands of Crete and Cyclades in the Aegean Sea in southern Greece on Thursday, without reported casualties. According to the Geodynamic Institute of Athens, the epicentre of the quake was traced 48 km southwest of Santorini at a depth of 30 km, Greek scientists said. Local authorities have reported no injuries or major material damage. Initially the EuroMediterannean Seismic Institute had estimated a moderate tremor measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale tracing the epicentre at 78 km northwest of the city of Herakleion in Crete. The tremor was felt in a major part of the Aegean Sea, including Crete, Santorini, Cyclades, Rhodes and eastern Peloponnese. In comments in local media, Athens University Geology School Professor Efthymios Lekkas reassured that there was no reason for anxiety over the quake. Greece is regularly hit by moderate earthquakes throughout the year. The earthquake-prone country has been hit by devastating tremors many times in recent history, more than any other European country. –English CRI
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4 Responses to Earthquakes strike Ireland and southwest of Santorini volcano in Crete

  1. pete uk says:

    In fact there was 36 earthquakes in Greece today. Is Greece going to have a major earthquake?


  2. Suzie B says:

    Yes it is. Does anyone know of any coastal or undersea mining going on at the moment in the area?
    I have been following this site for 6 months now and it is BY FAR the best out there. Keep up the good work Alvin and just for your information there are some of us who are trying to achieve real practical change on the ground.


  3. luisport says:

    A Mw5.3 earthquake in Crete, Greece
    Posted on January 27, 2012 by Jón Frímann
    At 01:33 UTC there was an Mw5.3 earthquake in Crete, Greece according to EMSC. The depth of this earthquake was 13 km according to EMSC. Size, depth and location might change when this earthquake is reviewed. This earthquake appears to be an aftershock of an Mw5.3 earthquake that took place last night yesterday. Following this earthquake there have been more aftershocks in the same area. The largest earthquake being ML3.6 in size according to EMSC. An unrelated earthquake with the size of ML3.9 took place in Greece few moments after the Mw5.3 earthquake.
    More earthquake activity should be expected in this area in my view. But how and where is close to impossible to know for sure. More aftershock activity should also be expected in next few hours to days.


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