King Alfonso Balcon De Europa NerjaOn Tuesday the 6th of December, Nerja suffered a minor earthquake. The quake occurred at around 11.30pm with a magnitude of about 1.6 on the Richter scale. The epicentre of the quake was about four miles out to sea in the direction of Torrox according to Spain’s Earthquake Information Service.

The Richter scale classifies earthquakes on a rising scale of intensity, with a quake of less than 2 being defined as a “micro” quake that isn’t felt. These micro quakes happens millions of times a year throughout the world.

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.

Back in May a 5.2 magnitude earthquake struck in Lorca (around 200 miles from Nerja) and more recently a 1.9 magnitude quake occurred in Granada.


Lorca Earthquake: Was the Lorca earthquake felt in Nerja?

Seismic Activity Map: Spain’s Earthquake Information Service Website

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