Earthquake reaching 2.5 in Richter scale shakes Midlothian

A tremor was recorded at around 5km under the surface on Monday.

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An earthquake reaching 2.5 in the Richter scale has hit Scotland.

The quake struck in Midlothian, near Penicuik, just after 11am on Monday.

Locals in Penicuik and Loanstone experienced mild shaking of the ground and some buildings.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) say a tremor was recorded at around 5km under the surface and may have been felt as far as Bonnyrigg, 5.5 miles away.

A spokesman for BGS said: “We detected an 2.5ML earthquake south of Edinburgh at 10.01 this morning, just outside Penicuik.

“We’ve already received a few felt reports, and given it location its likely to have been felt by quite a few people.”