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Third and strongest earthquake hits UK Cuadrilla's only active fracking site near Blackpool

Christian Fernsby |
The UK's only active fracking site near Blackpool has been hit by a third earthquake in just four days.

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Energy firm Cuadrilla said the "micro seismic event" at their site near Blackpool was detected at 11.01pm on Saturday, measuring 2.23 on the Richter scale.

The movement was stronger than what was described as the largest-ever tremor at their Preston New Road facility last Wednesday, when a 1.55-magnitude tremor was recorded.

A second, weaker, tremor was recorded late on Friday night, measuring 1.05.

Fracking at the site was halted after both previous tremors.

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