Earthquake under the seabed off Spain’s Costa del Sol

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AN EARTHQUAKE of magnitude 4.2 was registered in the popular Spanish holiday destination this afternoon, with the epicentre off the coast of Fuengirola in Malaga.

According to sources from the National Geographic Insitute, the earthquake occurred at 8.47pm, at a depth of 65 kilometres.

Another, of magnitude 3.1, was felt 11 minutes later, 64 kilometres deep. There were no immediate recordings of material or personal damage and no emergency calls had apparently been made directly afterwards.

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Just off the coast of Malaga, under the Alboran Sea, there is an active fault which produces numerous tremors throughout the year, many of them barely noticeable. However, it was the source of an earthquake in January 1996 that produced a reading of 6.3.

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