Important historic earthquakes in Ireland

The list of the 50 most recent earthquakes in this country can be found at the bottom of this page.

earthquakes IrelandClick on this image to watch it in full size - Data courtesy NOAA Natural Hazards database own DAMAGE OVERVIEW LISTS : 20132014
(based on our experience the most complete damage list in the world) is a independent NGO website who only survives because of (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated.

Label info : M = magnitude, D = depth (km), Time = UTC time

Refresh this list
SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Ireland Mar 18 20:45 2.7 2 MAP
  • Campinas - Terremoto na Argentina sentido em campinas
  • EMSC Ireland Jun 02 12:43 4.0 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Dunmanway - it felt like rumbling thunder,I opened to listen then it faded.
  • USGS Irish Sea May 29 03:16 3.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Morfa Nefyn - Woken at 4.18 by very loud rumbling and shaking
  • Morfa nefyn - Woke me up about 4.20 - manon ll
  • Lleyn Peninsula - Strong initial shock followed by 5-6 seconds of moderate shaking
  • Morfa Nefyn - Woken from sleep at 4.19am. Didn't know what it was No car / house alarms going off ???
  • nefyn - was on the toilet !!
  • Nefyn - Woke by shaking and loud rumble, also doors bangng together.
  • Nefyn - Awoke to rumbling noise like then bed shaking. Shaking and noise lasted 20-30 secs. Checked wife-not snoring!
  • Morfa Nefyn - Dog was growling for about 15minutes before 2 loud bangs and house shaking.Lorna
  • Nefyn - 4:19- 4:20am
  • Nefyn - I woke at 4.15 and was listening to the birds when I heard the loud rumble and then the shaking started. I think it went on for about 10 seconds or so. The bedroom doors rattled and I found a picture off the wall in a spare bedroom. Scary!!
  • morfa nefyn - loud noise and heavy shaking, as if a vehicle had hit the house, we live on besides a main road.
  • NEFYN - Noise waking up my family 4:19am then,everything is moving for a few seconds and it was all over.Impressing when it is the first time.
  • Morfa nefyn - Rudely awoken from deep sleep with loud creaking noise and bedroom shaking. Wardrobe doors shook open, husband woke and told him earthquake had hit! Looked at phone..said 4:16 am.. Husband went and food on step... Felt smaller quake approx 4:20 am... Birds were silent.. Strangely eerie!! Checked on daughter who was ok.. Looked t facebook, others had felt it too. Scary stuff!
  • EMSC Ireland Jun 06 07:58 4.0 10 MAP
    GEOFON Ireland Jun 06 07:58 4.2 5 MAP
  • West oats of Ireland, co. mayo - Had never experienced a earthquake before this, it was very mild but yet I knew what it was !
  • USGS Ireland Jun 06 07:58 4.0 3 MAP

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET


    I felt the shaking *
    Country where you felt the earthquake *
    City/Village where you felt the earthquake *
    Street or suburb (area) where you felt the earthquake
    Latitude (area) where you felt the earthquake
    Longitude (area) where you felt the earthquake
    Shaking Strength *
    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    Tell us your experience and how many seconds the shaking lasted + let us know if your property has been damaged (even slight damage). (max. 500 characters)
    * mandatory fields

    Speak Your Mind