Monday, February 23, 2015

The lastest earthquake

11021157_802981116405289_5750445092696545371_nAn earthquake with its epicentre in Ossa de Montiel, Albacete, has rocked the centre of Spain. The quake took place at 17.16 (CET Spanish) and has been felt in several provinces, as confirmed by the National Geographic Institute (IGN). The earthquake had a magnitude of 5.2 on the Richter scale - IGN say it was an earthquake of "moderate-strong" magnitude.

The epicentre was located 10 kilometres from El Bonillo, Albacete, according to sources, who add that the data is at the moment provisional. It was located about 14 kilometres deep, which is considered "very superficial", according the National Geographic Institute.

Today's earthquake occurred in the same fault as the one in Lorca, Murcia. The May 11th Lorca earthquake was of magnitude 5.1 and was preceded by an earthquake of 4.5.

Today’s quake was felt in Valencia, Murcia, Castile-La Mancha and Madrid. Questionnaires  are being sent out to determine if any damage occurred. None has so far been reported to Civil Protection, nor to IGN.

IGN’s website is down at the moment, presumably because of the high volume of traffic to it. I had to get my information from El Pais and from the IGN Facebook page.

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