THE earth moved for residents of a Scottish village – when an earthquake struck.

Highland community Kinlochewe was hit by a tremor measuring 2.2 magnitude on Friday.

The incident, which took place eight kilometres beneath the surface, happened at 6pm as many tucked into their evening meal.

The Wester Ross tremor was recorded by the British Geological Survey (BGS), which has a specialist centre in Edinburgh.

No damage or injuries have been reported.

The quake is one of many to have hit Scotland in recent days – whether you felt them or not.

As many as 300 tremors are recorded in the UK ever year, with those measuring less than 2.0 on the Richter scale typically going unnoticed.

A quake measuring 1.3 magnitude happened at Aberfoyle in Stirlingshire on April 3, with a smaller 0.5 magnitude incident recorded at Dumfries on March 27.

According to BGS data, this came after a weaker tremor of just 0.4 at scenic Glen Moriston, near Fort Augustus in the Highlands, on March 19.

Highland spot Reiff, Perthshire town Crieff and East Dunbartonshire community Lennoxtown have also experienced low-level rumbles since late February, with another noted in the North Sea off the coast of Lerwick on March 17.

Measuring 5.2 magnitude, the strongest shoogle to strike Scotland occurred near Loch Awe in Argyll in 1880, according to records.

It was far more powerful than the 3.8 magnitude tremor detected at Moidart, west of Fort William, last summer.

The August incident was the most powerful to happen in the Highlands in three decades.