A church inquiry later saw ministers suspend one woman from receiving communion.

Twitter user Teresa Kennedy11 posted: “Just had an earthquake or tremor here in Fort William.

There was a big bang and the ground shuddered under my feet, Scary!!

A small earthquake registering 2.9 on the Richter scale has been recorded in Fort William in the Scottish Highlands.

The quake happened on Thursday evening at around 18.30 GMT, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS).

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”, while @Kyle Farningham posted “Not 100% sure but think there might have been a small #eathquake in Fort William.”The earthquake in the Fort William area is the first one in Scotland since two equally small earthquakes hit the the Scottish Highlands last May, in Gairloch and Acharacle.

The largest earthquake ever to be recorded in the British Isles was the Dogger Bank earthquake in 1931, which registered at 6.1 on the Richter Scale.

A source said the father of three had initially offered 'pastoral support' to the woman in her mid-20s, who we have chosen not to name, to help her through marital difficulties, but the relationship had then developed.