Seismic activity: Axarquia feels 4.3 earthquake and aftershocks

Axarquía Quake Shakes Residents Awake Image: IGN

RESIDENTS of Axarquía were jolted awake by a seismic event registering 4.3 on the Richter scale late on March 15, followed by up to 14 aftershocks into early the next day. The quake, originating in the southern Alboran Sea region, primarily affected Melilla inhabitants, with tremors felt across coastal towns in Málaga, Granada, and Almería.

Impact Across Coastal Towns

Although its epicentre lay in the southern Alboran Sea, the quake’s impact reverberated as far as Jaén. Melilla residents reported a prolonged shaking lasting several seconds, rating the intensity at level III. Surrounding areas, including Torrox, Torre del Mar, and Vélez-Málaga, also felt the quake at intensity levels II-III.

Heightened Seismic Activity in the Alboran Sea

Cities like Málaga and Alhaurín El Grande experienced minor tremors, as did Almuñécar, Roquetas de Mar, and Aguadulce. The seismic activity, part of a heightened period in the Alboran Sea, began on March 13, with multiple smaller tremors preceding the main event. Aftershocks, including magnitudes of 3.5 and 3.2, continued throughout the weekend, felt particularly in Melilla’s vicinity.

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Catherine McGeer

I am an Irish writer who has been living in Spain for the past twenty years. My writing centers around the Costa Cálida. As a mother I also write about family life on the coast of Spain and every now and then I try to break down the world of Spanish politics!