The seismic movement occurred at a depth of 2km beneath the village of Relleu, an area inland from Alicante between the coast and Alcoi according to the National Geographic Institute (IGN) and could be felt in the hills to the resorts along the coast from Benidorm to Gandia.
The quake hit at 5.25am with the shaking lasting approximately five seconds. It was followed by a less intense aftershock but there are no reports of any damage to buildings.
This was the third earthquake to hit the region in two days after two less intense tremors occurred on Sunday evening and Monday morning.
The two smaller earthquakes – the one on Sunday at 8.55pm measuring 2.6 on the Ritcher scale and Monday’s at 4.07am measuring 2.5 – both had their epicentres in water just off the coast of Torrevieja.