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Historic site partially reopened after earthquake in Auchindrain, Scotland.

Last year's earthquake, which was felt across Scotland and Northern Ireland, left an indelible mark on a historic site in Argyll. The 3.3 magnitude quake in November shook houses in Auchindrain, a rural community with structures going back to the 1700s. The location, which was near to the epicenter of the tremor, was forced to close due to damage to stone-built buildings, both those made with lime mortar and those made entirely of interlocking stones.

Auchindrain will reopen on June 1 after undergoing necessary repairs, however some of the damaged structures will stay closed.Four of the roofed and useable properties will be closed, while a fifth will require immediate repairs.

On November 16, just before 02:00, an earthquake was registered. The epicentre, according to the British Geological Survey, was in Achnamara, west of Lochgilphead in Argyll. More than 30 people from as far as Edinburgh and Ballycastle in Northern Ireland reported feeling the tremor. The quake occurred at a depth of seven miles (12 kilometers) beneath the Earth's surface, according to the survey.

Auchindrain, six miles (10 kilometers) south of Inveraray, has been dubbed the most comprehensive example of Scotland's thousands of little independent farming villages. Houses, byres, and stables are among the site's assets. Last November, the property received a "strong shake," according to director Bob Clark. "A number of our buildings were damaged by the earthquake, and as a result, we will have to restrict access to guided tours exclusively until the buildings are rendered safe for guests," he said.

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