Quake fails to rock off­shore wind­farm

Wicklow People - - NEWS -

De­cem­ber 2005

AN earth­quake that rocked the east coast of Wick­low in the early hours of Wed­nes­day left Ark­low’s off­shore wind­farm un­scathed.

Tremors from the quake, which mea­sured 2.8 on the Richter Scale, were felt in Ark­low, 40 miles from its epi­cen­tre, at around 3.30 a.m. yes­ter­day with sev­eral peo­ple wo­ken from their beds by what was de­scribed as a ‘loud bang’ or ‘ex­plo­sion’.

Paint­ings were knocked off the walls in some houses, but when GE Wind En­ergy car­ried out their rou­tine checks of the wind­farm they re­ported that all seven tur­bines were work­ing fine.

The quake oc­curred in the Ir­ish Sea just off Bray Head and Tom Blake, ex­per­i­men­tal of­fi­cer with the Geo­physics Depart­ment of the Dublin In­sti­tute of Ad­vanced Stud­ies says earthquakes in the area ‘are not un­usual’.

‘This is ac­tu­ally not a rare oc­cur­rence. Earthquakes hap­pen quite fre­quently but are not large enough to be felt,’ he said.

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