Second earthquake in a week felt in Malaga area

UPDATE: THE Mediterranean Sea earthquake that struck the area between North Africa and Spain´s south coast in the early hours on January 25 has been classified as ´strong´ by the US Geological Survey (USGS). 

The 6.1-magnitude quake triggered reports from Malaga, Benalmadena and Fuengirola, with locals claiming to have been shaken from their beds by vibrating furniture accompanied by rumbling sounds, barking dogs and car alarms.

The survey also confirmed that the quake epicenter was 100 miles south-east of Malaga.

Some residents along the Costa del Sol´s coastline also reported experiencing the 5.3-magnitude aftershock tremors. 

A strong quake is one that falls between 6.0 and 6.9 on the Richter scale. The latest series of tremors in the region have been described as ´shallow´ which means they occur between 0 and 70 km below ground.

Although shallow earthquakes are thought to cause more damage than their deep equivalents, which have further to travel to reach the surface, no casualties or damage to infrastructure have been reported.  

MANY Malaga residents had a rude awakening at 5.22am on Monday (January 25) as two successive earthquakes occurred in the Mediterranean between Morocco and Spain.

With epicenters registered 62 kilometres north of the Moroccan city of Al Hoceima, very close to the location of another earthquake last week, the tremors registered 6.1 and 5.3 on the Richter scale.

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    • john nash

      01 February 2016 • 22:17

      My wife and I were on holiday in Torre del. Mar when this quake occurred and it was very strong shaking with furniture banging against walls. Shaking lasted for approx 35 secs. Aftershocks we felt that day numbered five in total. At a time like that you realise you are not in control of your life. However having looked at a quake internet site they seem to happen quite a lot. We lived in the hills above Torre for 11 years and never felt any quake.


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