Blackpool shaken by 'Earthquake'

Radio Wave have received numerous reports of an earthquake shaking Blackpool

Blackpool residents are coming forward in their hundreds to Radio Wave reporting an earthquake at around 08:20 this morning (26th August.)

We've received calls from Mereside, Kirkham, Layton and residents living on Preston New Road.

This comes after several confirmed tremors to come out of the fracking site at Little Plumpton over the last week.

The biggest of which measured at 2.1 on the Richter scale.

Cuadrilla have now issued the following statement

We can now confirm the event detected at 8.30am in the area of our exploration site in Preston New Road, near Blackpool, was magnitude 2.9 on the Richter scale.

We appreciate this this has caused concern for local people and by way of reassurance it is worth noting that this event lasted for around a second and the average ground motion recorded was 5mm per second. This is about a third of that permitted for construction projects.

As previously stated, we were not operational this morning and no hydraulic fracturing has been carried out this weekend.

We are working with the team of regulators who intensely monitor our activity at Preston New Road to investigate the event and will provide more updates in due course. Hydraulic fracturing operations will remain suspended during this time.

We have verified that the well integrity is unaffected.

Please continue to follow our social media channels for all the latest updates as they become available.


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