The British Geological Survey (BGS) said the 3.5-magnitude quake struck in Glenuig, 25 miles (40km) west of Fort William in the Highlands at about 0600 GMT.

People in Inverness, Skye and Oban, reported feeling tremors, which were experienced across the west Highlands.

The BGS said such an earthquake might be felt up to 120km (74 miles) away but was unlikely to cause much damage.

It comes two weeks after residents in the North Yorkshire town of Ripon experienced a quake of a similar size on 4 January.

The Highland quake follows a seismic event of a magnitude of 3.4 detected at Glenfinnan in October 2008.
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