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Blackpool Hit By Another Earthquake Near Fracking Site

Blackpool Hit By Another Earthquake Near Fracking Site

Blackpool was hit by another earthquake in the space of a few days, just a few miles from a nearby fracking site.

The quake was felt close to the Preston New Road site and was enough to wake some homeowners up.

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According to reports, the tremor - which was believed to have measured around 2.6 in magnitude - was felt by hundreds of people.

One of those was Jeff Walker, who lives four miles from the fracking site and says his wife was woken up by the quake.

Speaking to the Metro, he said it was like an entire supermarket being dropped on the seaside town.

He said: "At 8.33am today we experienced yet another earthquake which lasted about 10 to 15 seconds. It was just like someone dropping a whole supermarket and all the shoppers bags of groceries on Blackpool.

Protesters have been calling for the fracking site to close. Credit: PA
Protesters have been calling for the fracking site to close. Credit: PA
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"This is getting beyond a joke when people are being awakened and shaken in their beds by the activities of these fracking people."

Dave Clark, who lives three miles from the site, added: "It was quite a large shudder felt like someone had driven into the house or dropped a wardrobe down the stairs!"

Following the shudder, residents took to social media to share their concern.

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"Please tell me someone else felt that earthquake then in Blackpool???" one wrote.

Another said: "That's another f***ing #earthquake in Blackpool and the Fylde. I felt that one. It's scary every time. BAN FRACKING."

A third person commented: "OMG I just felt a serious Earth tremor in #Blackpool #earthquake #fracking."

Homeowners claim they were woken up by the tremor. Credit: PA
Homeowners claim they were woken up by the tremor. Credit: PA

While a fourth put: "Here in Lytham, the whole house shook and there was a colossal bang."

The Preston New Road site has been at the centre of fierce debate, with protesters campaigning for it to be closed down.

And following the latest quake, there were numerous calls from people to ban fracking.

"Earthquake measuring 2.6 in Blackpool this morning because of fracking. It can't be doing any good whatsoever," said one.

A second added: "After this morning's earthquake in Blackpool, fracking needs to stop now before people are killed."

It is the fourth earthquake to hit the region in the past few weeks and the strongest since fracking began in the area.

Last week, a magnitude 1.55 tremor hit, and just two days later (Friday 23 August) another measuring 1.01 struck. On Saturday night there was a magnitude 2.1 quake.

Seismologist Stephen Hicks tweeted: "Indications of another likely induced earthquake this morning near Blackpool in Northern England. Probably larger than Saturday night's M2.1 event given the felt reports and number of distant seismic stations it has been recorded on."

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Topics: uk news, Earthquake, Interesting

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]