Minor earthquake shakes Blackpool

A 2.2 magnitude earthquake has shaken Blackpool in the UK at 3.30am yesterday, with no major damage being reported.

According to the British Geological Survey (GBS) the tremor was magnitude 2.2 with the epicentre 2.5 miles northeast of Blackpool, between Carleton and Poulton industrial estate.

There are approximately 20 small earthquakes in the UK each year. In 2008, the biggest earthquake for nearly 25 with a magnitude of 5.2 impacted Blackpool and several other centres including Newcastle and London.

Blackpool is a popular UK leisure and business tourism hotspot, attracting 14.5 million visits a year and generating £1 billion for the local economy.