At approximately 11.02pm on Saturday 24 August, a fracking earthquake measuring 2.1MLhit Lancashire, with impacts felt across a wide area, from Blackpool, Lytham, St Annes, Wesham and surrounding rural areas.

This was the 92nd earth tremor in just nine days and the community are enraged that this industry has been forced upon them, with no concern for the safety of residents.

Hundreds of reports of the quake have been noted across social media and via email to Frack Free Lancashire, such as houses shaking, books falling off shelves, widespread property damage and people being awoken from sleep from the noise and impact.

A spokesperson from Preston New Road Action Group, one of the local campaign groups said:

“Measuring at 2.1ml, this tremor was the biggest yet with reports of it being felt in Blackpool, Weeton, Westby, Kirkham, St Annes and Wrea Green within minutes of it occurring.

“Several reports of windows and buildings shaking. This terrifying experience is being imposed on our community by an unnecessary and unwanted industry. The government should see sense and re-impose the fracking moratorium immediately before any serious injury or damage is done. Enough is enough.”

A spokeswoman for Frack Free Lancashire said:

“We are livid that we are once again, being put in harm’s way for an experiment that we didn’t ask to be part of.

“Why are our communities being forced to accept this dangerous and contemptuous industry, when it is clear that they have zero control over the impacts that fracking brings with it? There was no fracking today, and yet, the after-effect it has caused, is a sizeable earthquake with widespread reports of property damage. We are angry and demand an urgent reconsideration of a fracking moratorium.”