NATURAL DISASTER

4.4-magnitude earthquake felt in five Andalusian provinces

Aftershocks continue a week on from larger tremor that rocked Spanish exclave city of Melilla

Information about the earthquake provided by the National Geographic Institute.
Information about the earthquake provided by the National Geographic Institute.

Another sizeable earthquake, this time measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale, was felt in several Andalusian provinces on Sunday afternoon.

The quake, which hit at 5.25pm local time, comes after a 6.3-magnitude tremor rocked Melilla in the early hours of January 25. That earthquake continues to produce aftershocks ranging between 1.2 and 3.0 On the Richter scale.

The latest tremor did not cause any personal or material damages, the emergency services reported.

The epicenter was located 10 kilometers under the Alboran Sea, the westernmost portion of the Mediterranean.

The Alboran Sea is recognized as an area of high seismic activity

The tremor was felt most intensely in Granada, but also in the provinces of Almería, Jaén, Málaga and Córdoba.

“Everything was shaking,” said the resident of a 10th-floor apartment in Granada.

“Nature does not even respect siesta time,” joked another local.

The Alboran Sea is recognized as an area of high seismic activity where tremors are not unusual.

English version by Susana Urra.