'Another earthquake has been felt close to the Preston New Road fracking site near Blackpool. Hundreds of people are believed to have felt the quake that was big enough to wake people up. Early indications suggest it was between magnitude 2.6 and 2.9, the strongest tremor recorded for the site since fracking began. Jeff Walker lives around four miles from the site and he said his wife was woken by the quake. Referring to Cuadrilla’s comparison to an earlier tremor being like ‘a large bag of shopping dropping on the floor’, he told metro.co.uk: ‘At 8.33am today we experienced yet another earthquake which lasted about 10 to 15 seconds and using the Cuadrilla comparison method, it was just like someone dropping a whole Supermarket and all the shoppers bags of groceries on Blackpool. ‘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, said: ‘It was quite a large shudder felt like someone had driven into the house or dropped a wardrobe down the stairs!’
It is the fourth tremor to hit the region in the last several days. On Wednesday there was a magnitude 1.55 tremor, on Friday night there was one measuring 1.01 and on Saturday at 11.01pm there was a magnitude 2.1 quake – the largest one yet. 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.’ The Preston New Road site has been at the centre of the angry debate over fracking after two earthquakes in 2011 forced the practice to stop. Initial studies by the British Geological Society suggested the quakes were linked to the fracking activities while an independent report found ‘most likely, the repeated seismicity was induced by direct injection of fluid into the fault zone.’ Fracking, or Hydraulic Fracturing, involves pumping vast quantities of water and chemicals into unstable rock to release combustible gas.'
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