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Earthquakes In Irish Sea Shake North West
The British Geological Survey has recorded two earthquakes in the North West, with residents of Blackpool, Fleetwood and Barrow saying they felt their homes shaking.
The first of the two quakes had a 2.4 magnitude. It was reported at 5.37am at a depth of 3km (1.8 miles), 25km (15 miles) west of Fleetwood.
The second one measured magnitude 3.3. It was recorded at 9.58am at a depth of 5km (3 miles).
Local residents said on social media sites that they had felt a tremor.
"Just had an earthquake in Blackpool anyone else feel it our breakfast room shook wooooo adrenaline rush !" the Sandgate hotel in Blackpool posted.
@Kirstenkat wrote: "Earthquake in Blackpool area this morning not quite what I expected from a quiet Sunday."
@Samcornwell posted a photo of a fallen chair and quipped: "Blackpool earthquake! We will rebuild!"
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
Fracking tests in Lancashire have been blamed for some previous tremors in the area.
A quake at Preese Hall near Blackpool, Lancashire, last April had a magnitude of 2.3.
A study by experts at Durham University found in April that fracking operations were "not significant" in causing earthquakes.
The controversial process involves pumping a mixture of water and chemicals underground to deliberately crack sedimentary rock and extract oil and gas.