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A tiny Scottish village has been dubbed the UK’s earthquake capital after struggling as much as 700 tremors a yr and spurring scientists to invent the fashionable seismometer.

Pretty Comrie, in Perthshire, is dwelling to round 2,000 individuals and is famous for its Victorian structure and white church nestled on the banks of the River Earn.

But beneath the floor of this rural idyll lies a geologically lively fissure within the Earth’s crust often called the Highland Boundary Fault, which separates the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland.

Comrie’s distinctive place on the fault means forces deep underground have prompted earthquakes and tremors to be felt within the village with information going again to the 1500s.

According to legend, within the 1830s greater than 7,000 quakes rocked the realm sparking scientists of the time to hunt to invent know-how able to recording the geological occasions.

In response to the phenomenon Scottish physicist James David Forbes created the world’s first pendulum seismometer in 1842. It labored by recorded tremors utilizing a pencil positioned on paper above a pendulum which moved in response to tremors.

Such was the fame of Comrie for seismic occasions, in 1872 an Earthquake House was constructed on the outskirts of the village on the fault line.

The little unassuming one-room, one-storey stone constructing accommodates a seismometer able to detecting quakes domestically, but in addition giant earthquakes nearly wherever on the planet.

It took measurements throughout the disastrous Syria-Turkey earthquake in 2023 and even registered the Tokyo earthquake in Japan in 2011.

The Earthquake House is now a well-liked vacationer attraction and though it isn’t open to guests there’s a small window the place individuals can look inside on the gear.

Comrie has been dubbed the Shaky Toun by locals and the most important of all recognized earthquakes within the village occurred in 1893, measuring a whopping 4.8 on the Richter Scale.