Southern Spanish coast and north African autonomous city, Melilla, felt a significant seismic movement last night. Spanish Geographical Institute (IGN) is reporting the occurrence of tens of small movements as well as some medium magnitude ones in the last days, with a maximum of 6.3 in Richter scale last evening. The city of Melilla has reported some damages and some minor injuries, with no fatalities at this time. It corresponds to a V intensity, with IV-V close to Algeciras in the Strait of Gibraltar, as well as IV intensity level in tens of locations in the coast and inland of Andalusia. It's too early to know all the consequences and any information update is welcomed.
We also feel worried about the region surrounding Al-hoceima city in North Morocco and its surroundings, where we have friends and professional contacts. Due to the proximity of the epicentres to this city, we can thus expect that there a highest intensity has been felt and, hope not, more serious damages occurred. The attached image taken from the IGN website shows the locations of the epicentres during last night, and it's clear that most of them are close to the mentioned city, where we went on December, 2015, as members of an international cooperation project.
It's worth mentioning that in 2004 an earthquake hit the city, with the epicentre in the Rif cordillera (South from Al-hoceima), causing several hundred fatalities and injured. This is the link to the IGN site for information about recent seismic activity, and here you have also some info about a recent project by the Spanish bureau for scientific research (CSIC) on mapping the faults of the Alboran Sea, which may help us in understanding what's happening these days.
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