25 Mar, 2019 @ 14:47
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DID YOU FEEL IT? Earthquake rumbles along Spain’s Costa Blanca

COSTA VIBRATE: Tremors were recorded from Cartagena to Benidorm

AN earthquake has hit a popular holiday destination on the Costa Blanca, rattling residents’ windows and houses from Cartagena to Benidorm.

The magnitude 4.0 earthquake hit on Sunday at 5.16pm just offshore from Torrevieja, according to Spain’s Instituto Geografico Nacional.

Alicante, Elche, Torrellano and Santa Pola were the most affected regions, though tremors were recorded all along the 200-kilometre Costa Blanca.

President of the Spanish Association of Geographers, Jorge Olcina, said it was ‘one of the major earthquakes of recent years in the province’.

The tremor hit just as commemorations were taking place for the Cabo de Palos earthquake that struck 190 years ago, on March 21, 1820, which killed 400 people.

Social media user Cathy Grant said: ‘‘Boy oh boy it rattled the windows in Guardamar, felt like a huge rumble of thunder. Biggest one I’ve felt.’’

Jackie Palmer said: ‘‘Was a tad scary, first one we’ve felt, thought me glass curtains were a gonna.’’

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

Contact me now: joshua@theolivepress.es or call +44 07960046259. Twitter: @jjparfitt

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