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Posted by Julie Day on March 10, 2016
Earthquake shakes Malaga March 2016

The Alboran Sea has been in the headlines a lot over the last month or so due to the sudden series of earthquake activity that has been taking place in that area.

And now even today, just after midnight, at 00.45 hours precisely, residents in the locality of Malaga felt the tremors of yet further movement along the sea floor.

Measuring 4.5 on the Richter Scale, the epicentre of this new earthquake was registered in the south of the Alboran Sea, close to the Moroccan municipality of Alhucemas, at a depth of 22km.

The Alboran Sea is the westernmost part of the Mediterranean Sea between the coast of Spain and the coast of Morocco.

Despite the fact that today’s earthquake was less destructive than the previous ones, as no material damage was caused and no one was hurt or injured, residents along the southern coast of Spain, from Gibraltar up to as far as Almería are probably worried about how long this seismic activity will continue for and whether the frequency of the tremors will get any more intense.

As mentioned previously, luckily no one was hurt as a result of the quake, however, the emergency services did receive around a dozen calls from the localities of Malaga, Estepona, Fuengirola and Torrox, all places in which the tremors were felt.

According to the National Geographic Institute, several shockwaves were produced throughout the night, with the strongest one minutes before 07.00 hours and registering a magnitude of 3.3.

This area has been a hive of seismic activity for weeks. The strongest earthquake occurred on 25 January and measured 6.3 on the Richter Scale. Most of that quake was felt in the autonomous city of Melilla in Morocco, where several people were injured and 12 million euro-worth of damage was caused to buildings.



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  • Alboran Sea
  • Málaga
  • seismic activity
  • Alhucemas


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