THERE was a 1.8 grade earthquake off the coast of Santa Pola. Many residents in Santa Pola, Gran Alacant, Arenales del Sol, Elche and nearby rural areas felt the tremors, but no damage was reported. The epicentre was 15km from Cabo de Santa Pola, according to the Seismic Registry Unit of the University of Alicante and the National Geographic Institute.
Local police in Santa Pola received calls asking what had happened, if it was some kind of explosion. This is the second earthquake near the Cape of Santa Pola in the past few months; the last was a 3.1 grade earthquake on March 23.