Buildings 'shake and rattle' as earthquake felt in Costa del Sol

Buildings ‘shake and rattle’ as 4.7 magnitude earthquake near Seville is felt in Costa del Sol holiday hotspots, including Marbella and Torremolinos

  • No damage has been reported and no one was injured in the earthquake
  • A number of businesses evacuated their staff after the 11.35am tremors
  • The epicentre was the town of Pruna near Seville

An earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale has hit the south-west area of Spain and has been felt in a number of the Costa del Sol tourist resorts, including Marbella, Torre del Mar, Malaga and Torremolinos.

Emergency services took a string of calls but no damage has been reported and no-one has been injured. 

Some businesses took the precaution of evacuating staff but they were able to return quickly afterwards.

An earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale has hit the south-west area of Spain and has been felt in a number of the Costa del Sol tourist resorts, including Marbella (file picture)

The National Seismic Network, belonging to the National Geographic Institute, detected the earthquake northwest of Pruna, Seville, at around 11.35am today.

The epicentre was three miles from the town of Pruna, about 39 miles from Marbella, although at first it was thought to have been in Olvera.

The earthquake was felt in the municipalities of Fuengirola, San Pedro de Alcántara, Marbella, Torre del Mar, Vélez-Málaga, Pinillo, Torremolinos and in Prado del Rey. 

Other people reported feeling the quake in Cordoba and Seville, capital and Camas, among other municipalities.

The National Geographic Institute says more than 25 earthquakes of less intensity were recorded from midnight on Friday in the area of ​​Olvera and Pruna.

The independent scientific organisation EMSC tweeted: ‘Earthquake strikes 63 kilometres north west of Marbella’ and originally put the strength at 4.4. Other reports say it was between 4.4 and 4.7, with the latter being confirmed by the National Geographic Institute.

Those responding to the tweet have shared their experiences, with one person in Olvera, eight kilometres from the epicentre, saying: ‘Sat on roof reading and could see terrace and building moving.’

Another in Montellano, 17 miles away from the source, said: ‘Rattling, followed by a jerk, then tailed off with more rattling.’

Emergency services took a string of calls but no damage has been reported and no-one has been injured (pictured: Malaga)

A resident of Malaga tweeted: ‘I think there has just been a #Terremoto, but it has been very slight. It’s the first time I’ve noticed something like that in 32 years of life

The emergency services of Andalucia said just an hour ago that 112 had received 70 calls so far, including 31 from Cadiz, 23 from Seville, 14 from Malaga and before the 4.7 earthquake, other quakes had been felt.

They have stressed there is ‘no cause for concern’ and confirmed no reports of injuries or damage.

The 112 centre in Andalucia then posted the following statement on Facebook: ‘EARTHQUAKE UPDATE. According to data from the National Geographic Institute (IGN), the earthquake has occurred at 11.35am today at a depth of five kilometres and epicenter northwest of Olvera.’

‘The tremor was initially located in the Sevillian municipality of Pruna with a magnitude of 4.7 degrees although the usual review of the calculations made by the IGN technicians has finally placed it in the province of Cádiz. The town of Cadiz has recorded, since 05.26 hours today, other seismic movements of less intensity.’

The Junta de Andalucia also issued a ‘keep calm’ message which was echoed by the Andalusian Institute of Geophysics which described the quake as a ‘microtremor’ and part of a seismic swarm. 

A spokesman said energy was being released on a phased basis which was safer than having a build-up which could culminate in a big earthquake.

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