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Southern Spain trembles as more earthquakes strike

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

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

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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ANDALUCIA

Spain’s Andalusia to allow travel between provinces after three-month wait

Andalusia's regional government has announced that provincial border closures will be lifted on Thursday April 29th, whilst the region’s borders and other restrictions remain in place. 

Spain's Andalusia to allow travel between provinces after three-month wait
From Thursday April 29th, it will no longer be necessary to have a justified reason to travel between Andalusia's 8 provinces. Photo: Ander Guillenea/AFP

Travel between Andalusia’s 8 provinces will be possible again on Thursday after three months of border closures to stem the spread of Covid-19 infections. 

Andalusian regional president Juanma Moreno made the announcement after meeting with the committee of experts that advises the Andalusian Government on the management of the coronavirus crisis.

Residents of Andalusia will therefore be able to travel again to Almería, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga and Seville provinces without having to provide a justified reason for crossing their provincial borders. 

However, many of the other restrictions in the region will remain in place until at least May 9th, which marks the end of Spain’s state of alarm.

These are:

Andalusia’s regional borders closure will remain, with travellers having to provide a justified reason to leave or enter the autonomous community, such as going to health or educational centres, to take care of elderly relatives or dependants, to return to a usual place of residence or work/administrative reasons. 

The curfew from 11pm to 6am will continue.

A maximum of 6 people can meet outdoors and 4 indoors in bars and restaurants.

Shops and bars can stay open until 10.30pm. Restaurants can stay open an extra half an hour, but that coincides with the curfew time. 

Municipal border closures will remain in places where the infection rate has surpassed 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In the majority of cases, shops and bars can stay open in these municipalities until 10.30pm. 

Municipalities where the infection rate is over 1,000 cases per 100,000 people have to keep all non-essential retailers and services closed.

Andalusia, Spain’s largest and most populated region with 8.4 million inhabitants, currently has a fortnightly infection rate of 237 cases per 100,000, a rate which has been dropping gradually over the past days.

A total of 8.2 percent of its population has received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine; 21 percent have received at least one dose.

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