Southern Spain trembles as more earthquakes strike

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Southern Spain trembles as more earthquakes strike
Photo: Spanish National Geographic Institute (IGN).

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake hit Andalusia on Sunday evening as aftershocks continue following last week's 6.3 quake.


The earthquake off the coast of Andalusia in southeast Spain could be felt in the provinces of Granada, Almeria and Jaén, according to the Spanish National Geographic Institute (IGN).

The earthquake hit at about 5:25pm with its epicentre north of the island of Alborán. 

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported that an estimated 3.1 million inhabitants resided in the area where it was felt.

According to the IGN, there did not appear to be damage resulting for the tremors. Following the 4.5 magnitude quake, there were more than 20 other tremors with a magnitude of 2 or more around Alborán.

Sunday's quake is one of dozens of aftershocks following an earthquake with a magnitude of more than 6 struck in the Mediterranean last Monday.

That quake could be felt in southern Spain as well as in the Spanish enclave of Melilla bordering Morocco. It caused an estimated €12 million in damages in the North African territory and injured 26 people. 

Those who felt the earthquake on Sunday reported to the EMSC hearing a rumbling and that chairs, lamps and other furniture were shaking. 

"Woke me up from a siesta with slight swaying of my bed," wrote a witness in Roquetas de Mar, Almeria.

But not everyone took Sunday's most recent earthquake very seriously. On Twitter, many people mocked the most recent earthquake's relative weakness.

"When they tell you there's been another earthquake in Málaga..."

"Before and after the earthquake! Please help!"    

"Another earthquake in Granada..."


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