South-east Malaga in Spain rattled by strong earthquake

Published on : Monday, January 25, 2016

earthquake 123South-east Malaga in Spain was rocked by a strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake in the wee hours of Monday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. It was followed by a 5.3-magnitude tremor.

The shallow quake hit at 4.22am 39 miles (62km) north of the Moroccan city of Al Hoceima and 101 miles (164km) east-southeast of Gibraltar, USGS said.

Malaga is a popular Spanish destination with hundreds of thousands of Britons making up a large chunk of the millions who visit the country every year.

USGS, in its initial assessment of the quake’s impact said, there was “a low likelihood of casualties and damage”.

The USGS, updating its earlier location for the quake, said it struck at 10.30am GMT and was centred about 51 miles (83km) east of Old Iliamna.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre ruled out any tsunami warning citing the reason that ‘the earthquake is located too deep inside the ear.’

The earthquake hit the Mediterranean just a day after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck southern Alaska,

A strong 6.3 earthquake in February 2004 that hit near Al Hoceima killed 631 people.


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