New map reveals ‘significant rates of motion’ that suggest Scottish landmass is ‘on the move’- could lead to higher risk of earthquakes

A first land motion map has been created showing movement across Scotland.

Created using hundreds of satellite radar images of the country, the map covers movement over a two-year period from 2015 to 2017.

It shows that small but significant rates of land motion are occurring across almost the entire landscape of Scotland, especially in old mining areas, which could even result in minor earthquakes.

‘There are many things that cause the land to move – some are natural and some are man-made’, Dr Andy Sowter, chief technology officer of Geomatic Ventures Limited, the company that processed the images, told MailOnline.

‘In places like the Scottish midlands they were coal mining for 150 years and that deep coal mining has caused the land to move in a number of ways’, Dr Sowter said.

As well as being caused by historical coal mining, this movement is also influenced by subsidence over peat-lands and landslides on steep slopes.

Dr Sowter said there are many reasons why we should be worried about this land motion.

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