On Saturday, January 23rd, an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.4 hit the south of Spain. The epicentre was in Santa Fe, a town in Granada. According to data collected by Spain’s National Geographic Institute (IGN), the earthquake started at 12:15 pm.
More than 75 calls from across the south of Spain were placed to the 112 Andalucia emergency control room.
Tremors were felt in Malaga city, Neja, Torrox, Algarrobo Costa, Torre del Mar, Vélez-Málaga and Nueva Andalucía in Marbella, according to IGN.
It has been reported that one person was injured in Atarfe after his chimney fell onto his home as a result of the tremor. Walls were cracked and roof tiles displaced in the area. A false ceiling collapsed at a school in the area as a result of the earthquake.
The preventive eviction of several homes was ordered by the Local Police of Atarfe. This was done to reduce the effects in the likely event that there would be a gas leak.
Several aftershocks followed the earthquake, with another seismic movement with a magnitude of 3.3 registered at 6:08 pm. The area was hit once again on Sunday morning, this time with a magnitude of 3.2.