A MINOR earthquake of magnitude 3.3 was recorded this morning at 5:03 a.m. on the Costa del Sol.

Spain’s National Geographic Institute (IGN) registered the quake with an epicentre in the holiday resort of Benalmadena at a depth of 56 kilometres.

At this moment, no incidents have been recorded.

Earthquakes of this proportion are no stranger to Andalucia, as the province experiences around 70 magnitude 3 tremors a year.

Earthquake Magnitude Scale: 

2.5 or less: Usually not felt, but can be recorded by a seismograph. 

2.5 to 5.4: Often felt, but only causes minor damage. 

5.5 to 6.0: Slight damage to buildings and other structures.

6.1 to 6.9: May cause a lot of damage in very populated areas.

7.0 to 7.9: Major earthquake. Serious damage. 

8.0 or greater: Great earthquake. Can totally destroy communities near the epicentre.

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