Earthquake registering 4,3 on Richter scale in Lorca

An earthquake measuring 4,3 on the Richter scale was registered at 4.27am this morning in the north east of Lorca and was felt in surrounding villages. The quake caused alarm amongst the residents but no injuries or damage to property were reported.

The epicenter of the seismic activity was 11 kilometres underground and reached an intensity of three according to details from the National Geological Institute. Tremors were felt in Aledo, Totan, Cehegin and Archena as well as in some other localities in Almeria.

Previous tremors were recorded at 11.30pm graded 2, 7 and eight metres deep, then again at 5.33am more tremors graded 1,6 with its epicenter in Aledo.

The 112 emergency telephone received  around 30 calls about the earthquake and the town hall have posted advice on what to do in the event of an earthquake on their website ‘lorca.es’.

This latest seismic activity has brought back memories of the last earthquake in Lorca on May 11, 2011, which caused nine deaths, 324 injured and more than €1,200 million of structural damage.

Earlier this year in March, an earthquake measuring 3 on the Richter scale was felt in Torreperogil, Jaen province which was also felt in Ubeda and Linares.

On March 17 at 7.54pm in Casares, in the province of Malaga, an earthquake of 3, 8. was registered.  There was no damage or injuries reported in either incident. 

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