Thursday, April 16, 2009

The latest tremor in the region

A earth tremor of 3.7 degrees on the Richter scale struck the Alto and Medio Vinalopó regions yesterday afternoon.image

The epicentre was just north of Fortuna however, the effects could be felt to the south of Alicante.

Fortunately there was neither material damage nor injury caused except for a few broken windows. It did raise concern though, especially in the wake of the devastation that the recent earthquake in Italy caused.

Alicante province suffers an average of 80 earthquakes per year - most are imperceptible. The province, like the rest of the Valencian Community is in an area of relative seismic activity. Although there were 137 seismic movements recorded last year, out of which only 29 of them could be felt.

The last quake that caused widespread damage was in 1829 when Almoradí was destroyed completely.

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