Spanish cemetery switches on free Wi-Fi

Granada's San José cemetery moved into the 21st century when it became a Wi-Fi zone on Monday.

Spanish cemetery switches on free Wi-Fi
Ghost in the machine: You will now be able to check your Facebook account at Granada's San José cemetery complex. Photos: Natalie Maynor/Erin Pettigrew

"We have introduced a Wi-Fi service at our cemetery complex after requests from users of the facility," municipal sources told The Local.

Granada's council switched on the password-free wireless internet service on Monday.

As a result, mourners in San José's vigil rooms will now be able to use their mobile telephones, computers and other electronic devices while they watch over their loved ones.

The town hall told The Local that a number of users of the complex, which includes a crematorium and a chapel as well as a cemetery, had asked for Wi-Fi access. 

"This makes Granada a pioneer in Spain," said María Francés, the spokeswoman for Emucesa, the public company which runs the complex, in a presentation to introduce the Wi-Fi service on Monday. 

During the presentation, the town hall added that the introduction of Wi-Fi at the San José site would also improve the cemetery's telephone service.

Granada's mayor José Torres Hurtado said the council had been unable to repair the cemetery's phone service in the past because it was too close to the Alhambra palace.

The city's town hall was unable to confirm whether there had been any objection to the plans.

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Earthquakes in Spain: What you need to know about the tremors around Granada

A string of mild earthquakes shook southern Spain overnight following weeks of strong seismic activity in the Granada area, prompting the premier to call for calm on Wednesday.

Earthquakes in Spain: What you need to know about the tremors around Granada
Dozens of quakes have hit the zone around Granada in recent days. Source: Source: IGN

Three of them had a magnitude of between 4 and 4.5, Spain's National Geographical Institute (IGN) said on Twitter.

“Various earthquakes shook Granada again overnight which has worried thousands of people. Please stay calm and follow the instructions of the emergency services,” tweeted Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.   

Many images posted online showed residents out in the street in the middle of the night, wearing pyjamas and coats, despite the coronavirus curfew.


Since December 1st, a total of 281 shallow quakes have hit the area around Granada, of which eight had a magnitude of more than 3.0, an IGN statement said on Tuesday.

Of that number, 41 were felt by the population.   

Another quake on Saturday in the same area had a magnitude of 4.4, causing cracks in walls and throwing objects to the ground, it said.   

The interactive map above shows the location and strength of each quake to hit the zone in recent days. Source: IGN

“It's a worrying situation, I understand people's fears,” Granada Mayor Luis Salvador told Spain's public television on Wednesday, calling for calm.   

“All the information we have indicates that although they are many and continuous, that is what prevents a more intense and devastating episode.”   

The IGN said such seismic activity was “common in this area”, flagging it as one of the most seismically active regions of the Iberian Peninsula which experiences “numerous surface earthquakes of low to moderate magnitude, and occasionally with significant intensity”.

The map below produced by the Spanish government shows the risk of seismic activity across Spain. 

Emergency services in Andalusia urged calm and issued guidance for what to do in an earthquake. The tips include seeking refuge beneath a heavy table if inside and if you have to leave the house, avoid running or using the elevator. In the street be careful of danger from falling electrical cables and falling masonary and if driving, park the car and stay put.

 The regional government warned people to be careful of fake news circulating, including a false message that the region had called a state of emergency in expectation of a major quake.


But in a tweet from the emergency services of Andalusia, it did advise people to be prepared and have an emergency pack ready just in case.