EARLIER this month there were around 16 small earthquakes close to the town of La Mojonera in western Almería in a period of two days.
The earthquakes ranged in size from 1.5 on the Richter scale up to two larger quakes at 3.6 early in the morning on 4 November 2010 and at 4.1 around lunchtime on 5 November 2010. Jacqui and I were woken up by the early morning earthquake but didn’t notice the one the following day which is a little strange given that it was a bigger event.
Following the earthquakes a friend of ours, Jules, had a look on the internet for information about earthquakes in the area. She found a map of Spain highlighting areas most likely to be hit by earthquakes (courtesy of the Spanish National Geographic Association).
As you can see the province of Almería is in the red area on the map.
When we first started to live in Almerimar I didn´t know anything at all about the area being an earthquake zone. For the first five years I didn’t notice any at all. It is only in the last 12 months that I have become more aware of the subject.
Searching on the internet I found the article here about the possibility that the earthquake off the coast of Almería in 1522 may have caused a tsunami.
One fact that consoles me a little is the quote from an expert in one of the Spanish newspapers earlier this month. He said that these small tremors are a good thing as they are releasing energy that might otherwise build up into a bigger event.