Biggest earthquake so far recorded at Preston New Road fracking site – LancsLive

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A 2.1 magnitude earthquake has rocked Lancashire, a fracking company has confirmed.

At approximately 11:02pm last night (August 24), the 2.1ML quake was recorded by the monitoring system at the shale gas exploration site in Preston New Road.

Tremors were reportedly felt in Blackpool, Lytham, St Annes, Wesham and surrounding rural areas.

This is the 92nd earth tremor in just nine days and campaigners have said they are livid.

Reports sent to Frack Free Lancashire alleged that residents witnessed houses shaking, books falling off shelves, widespread property damage and people being awoken from sleep from the noise and impact.

However Cuadrilla, which operates the Preston New Road site, said ‘minor ground movements of this level are expected’.

A spokesperson for Cuadrilla said: “We can confirm that a micro seismic event measuring 2.1ML (local magnitude) on the Richter scale occured at Preston New Road.

“This lasted for around one second and resulted in ground motion less than 1.5 mm/s.  Hydraulic fracturing was not taking place at the time.

“Minor ground movements of this level are to be expected.

“Whilst this event has been felt by people on our site and some local households, it is well below anything that can cause harm or damage to anyone or their property.”

A local campaign, Preston New Road Action Group said that ‘enough is enough.

A spokesperson from Preston New Road Action Group said: “Measuring at 2.1ml, this tremor was the biggest yet with reports of it being felt in Blackpool, Weeton, Westby, Kirkham, St Annes and Wrea Green within minutes of it occurring.

“Several reports of windows and buildings shaking. This terrifying experience is being imposed on our community by an unnecessary and unwanted industry. The government should see sense and re-impose the fracking moratorium immediately before any serious injury or damage is done. Enough is enough.”

Frack Free Lancashire also spoke about the zero control communities have over the impacts of fracking.

A spokeswoman for Frack Free Lancashire said: “We are livid that we are once again, being put in harm’s way for an experiment that we didn’t ask to be part of.

“Why are our communities being forced to accept this dangerous and contemptuous industry, when it is clear that they have zero control over the impacts that fracking brings with it?

“There was no fracking today, and yet, the after-effect it has caused, is a sizeable earthquake with widespread reports of property damage.

“We are angry and demand an urgent reconsideration of a fracking moratorium.”

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