21st August 2019
and holidaymakers in Xàbia and the surrounding
area felt the earth move on Wednesday evening when an
earthquake of magnitude 2.8 rocked the region. At 10.00pm
a low rumble lasting just a couple of seconds caused
some alarm across the municipality and even caused the
evacuation of Hotel Villanaranjos in the Arenal beach
area. Within a few minutes, official sources such as
the IGN, Spain's National Geographic Institute, reported
that seismic activity had been detected in the south
of the municipality, close to Poble Nou de Benitatxell,
with more specific details emerging later pinpointing
the epicentre to have been some five kilometres deep
below the Urbanisation Costa Nova, close to the junction
of Calle Halcones and Calle Palmera.
media networks were active within seconds of the
tremor being felt with many people likening the experience
to a huge explosion which shook buildings whilst others
suggested that it felt like a huge truck have crashed
into their home. There were reports of the quake being
felt not only in Xàbia and Poble Nou del Benitatxell
but also in Moraira, Benissa, Teulada, Dénia
and as far away as Xaló and Alcalalí.
At the time of writing, the only damage being reported
was related to nerves.
Magnitude: 2.8 mbLg
Intensity: IV (light)
quake was the second of the day in the Comunidad Valenciana.
At just after 7.00pm a tremor measuring 2.4 was recorded
in the Gulf of Valencia some 50 kilometres due east
of the city. Being a seismic zone, the south-east corner
of Spain is prone to tremors with at least one
small quake felt each year. And more than 50 quakes
have been detected across the peninsular region just
this week, the strongest of which was recorded in the
Gulf of Cadiz, a 3.5 tremor early yesterday morning.
The most recent earthquake of some note was eight years
ago on May 11th 2011 when a magnitude 5.1 shook the
ground close to Lorca in Murcia, killing 9 people
and injuring 403. It was felt in Madrid and Valencia
and extensive damage was caused to old buildings.