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Was the Lorca earthquake felt in Nerja?

Latest News Friday 13th of May 2011

After Wednesday’s earthquake in Lorca (in Murcia) many people have been asking “Did you feel the earthquake in Nerja?”. The answer is, we didn’t know there had been an earthquake until we saw it on the news. Lorca is around 200 miles away from Nerja. This is the equivalent of asking someone in London if they felt the earthquake that rocked Manchester the day before – its possible, but you probably wouldn’t notice.

In fact in 2008 there was an earthquake of 5.2 on the richter scale (the same size earthquake that struck Lorca) in Market Rasen in Lincolnshire. At the time, Dr Brian Baptie, of the British Geological Survey said: “An earthquake of this size, of magnitude five or thereabouts, will occur roughly every 10 to 20 years in the UK.”

According to the Spanish news media, around 10% of the buildings in Lorca are now uninhabitable as a result of Wednesday’s earthquake and the central government has swiftly stepped in to promise aid money and help with the reconstruction of the damaged town. Campaigning for the elections on May the 22nd was suspended for a day as a mark of respect.

View of Balcon De Europa from Calle Carabeo

View of Balcon De Europa from Calle Carabeo

The last major earthquake in Spain occurred in 1956 when an earthquake killed 11 people in Albolote, Granada. In 1884 a large earthquake in the Nerja region led to a visit by King Alfonso III who famously described the outcrop of rock in the centre of Nerja as the Balcon de Europa.

Of the twelve major earthquakes that have occurred in Spain in the last 600 years, the worst recorded quake took place in 1829 in Torrevieja (Alicante), resulting in most of the area being destroyed and leaving 400 people dead. That earthquake had a magnitude of 6.9. Since then, building standards have improved dramatically, which is why Wednesday’s quake caused relatively little damage, although 9 people still lost their lives.

The picture on the left shows some of the huge rocks that fell from the cliffs in the 1884 earthquake. The Balcon de Europa is top right in the picture.

Was The Earthquake Forecast?

In March of this year, the President of the Colegio Oficial de Geólogos in Spain (ICOG), Luis Suárez, warned that a destructive earthquake was due in the near future and pointed out that according to statistics, Spain has a major earthquake every 70 years, although Spain is in an area of moderate seismic activity. Suárez added, “today we still do not have the tools to know exactly when an earthquake will happen”.

Seems like Suárez did in fact have the necessary statistical tools and on that basis we can expect another major earthquake in 2081.

If you were in Nerja on Wednesday and did feel the quake, please use the comment form below to let us know.

Nerja Photography Exhibition

Whats On Tuesday 10th of May 2011

Nerja Photography Exhibition
    Costa Camera Club is made up of local photographers, both amateura and professionals, and they will be putting on their second exhibition in the Sala Municipal de Exposiciones from May 13th to June 3rd.  The exhibition is closed on Mondays and during siesta hours. There will be more...Read More »

Nerja Golf Course – Coming Soon?

News Thursday 5th of May 2011

Nerja Golf Course – Coming Soon?
Nerja does not have a golf course.  The saga about whether one will be built has been going on for years but on April 30th the PSOE candidate for mayor, Angel Ramirez, suggested that if he is elected a golf course will be built. Ramirez was speaking at the end of the 3rd Nerja Caves Golf...Read More »

Nerja Foreigners Department – Your Pension In Spain

Tuesday 3rd of May 2011
Nerja Town Hall Foreigners Department has organized a conference by Blacktower Financial Management Group on May 11th at 11:00 at the Cultural Centre in Calle Granada 45.  The conference will last...Read More »

New Bar in Town

Tuesday 26th of April 2011
A new bar has opened in Calle Pintada. More information about La Mar Salá will be provided in the bar listings once we get to try it, but for now I can tell you that it appears to be a mix of a bar,...Read More »

Nerja Art Festival 2011

Friday 22nd of April 2011
  From May 2nd to 10th the 5th Nerja Art Festival takes place at the Sala Mercado in Plaza de la Ermita from 11 to 13.30 and 18 to 21.30.  Entry is free and there will be more than 50 artists...Read More »

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Semana Santa Nerja 2011

Thursday 21st of April 2011
Click here for 2012 Semana Santa information. Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is marked by a series of processions around the town by the different religious brotherhoods, where funereal music, slow drum beats and incense set the mood, whilst dozens of...

Carabeo Roadworks Draw to a Close

Wednesday 20th of April 2011
Almost two and a half years after they started, the Calle Carabeo roadworks are finally coming to an end, with the completion of the remaining section at the eastern end of the street (by Carabeo beach). To celebrate its near conclusion and in...

Luxaka play at El Desvan in Nerja

Saturday 16th of April 2011
On Friday 15th April Luxaka played at El Desvan on Pintada, which was celebrating the opening of their outside bar and terrace. It was great to see so many people in this friendly and attractive bar....

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Carabeo/Los Huertos Car Park to start charging April 15th 2011

Monday 11th of April 2011
The large free car park situated in the centre of Nerja (between Calle Carabeo and Los Huertos) which is used as the Feria ground in October, is to start charging from April 15th 2011. A complex price structure means that monthly parking starts from...

Numero Seis Restaurant Opens in Nerja

Wednesday 6th of April 2011
Nùmero Seis is one of Nerja’s newest restaurants. Niall, the owner, has transformed the building into a spacious, bright and modern restaurant with stylish original prints and attractive decor. Outside there is a large terrace for a cool...

Antonio Cortes concert in La Plaza de Espana Nerja

Tuesday 22nd of March 2011
On Sunday March 27th there will be a day of music and entertainment in Nerja’s Plaza de España to celebrate its official inauguration, and the highlight will be the free concert by Antonio Cortés. If you are in town do not miss it. The map...

Nerja Sunset – Beautiful

Monday 31st of January 2011
At this time of year the light in the early morning and at sunset is fantastic. Get over here and have a look, you can never get tired of it...

Nerja Torrecilla Beach

Monday 17th of January 2011
It has been pretty cold the last week but a Sunday walk to Playa de la Torrecilla is always worth it....

Nerja Winter

Saturday 15th of January 2011
Sunny Nerja in January What fantastic weather we are having this month, in fact the whole winter so far.  A few rainy days but mainly glorious sunshine, with shorts and t-shirts being worn, even by residents.  Yesterday it was mid 20s in the...

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