Quake shake-up

Costa hit by biggest earthquake in 50 years but suffers no major damage; north Africa harder hit

An Instituto Geográfico Nacional map showing Monday's quake's epicentre and after shocks

By Dave Jamieson

A STRONG earthquake, the second major tremor in four days, rocked much of the coast awake early on Monday morning. While no injuries or major damage were reported on the peninsula, over two dozen people were injured in the Spanish north African enclave of Melilla and one child died in northern Morocco, victim of a heart attack.

The quake struck at 5.22am, rattling windows, swaying light fittings and waking sleepers. The National Geophysical Institute reported that it measured 6.3 on the Richter scale, the strongest in the area since the magnitude 7 tremor in Granada during March 1954, and was followed by many aftershocks on subsequent days. Several, including one at 7.32am on Wednesday, measured over 4.5.

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