Did the earth tremble for you on Sunday afternoon. Well it certainly did for many Torrevieja residents at about 5.15pm, with an epicentre out at sea, just 18km east of Torrevieja.
The earthquake was a magnitude of 4.0 on the Richter scale and it occurred at a depth of approximately 10km
It was enough time to cause nervousness and concern among hundreds of people from Alicante, who made numerous calls to the various emergency services to warn that they had felt the tremor with and intensity strong enough to move furniture in their homes.
The calls came from the municipalities of Alicante, Elche, Santa Pola, Almoradí, Torrevieja, Crevillent, El Campello, Guardamar del Segura, Mutxamel, Elda , Novelda, Petrer, San Miguel de las Salinas, San Vicente del Raspeig, Alcoy, Aspe, Benejúzar, Benidorm, Dénia and also in Cartagena and Murcia.
Professor Jorge Olcina, president of the Spanish Association of Geographers, said yesterday afternoon that it was “one of the largest earthquakes of recent years in the province” and that achieving a magnitude of 4 “makes is extremely important as it could cause cracks in any properties built prior to the 1972 earthquake-resistant standard. ”
The professor said that seismic movements occur almost daily in the province: “In this way energy is released in the fault in the area where the African plate and the European plates meet.” Olcina added that “we are in one of the most seismically active areas of Spain and that should make us ensure absolute compliance with seismic regulations when building homes.”
At the time of writing no major damage has been reported although a number of residents, especially on the upper floors of some Torrevieja apartment blocks, said that that were quite frightened at the time.