Earth Tremors in Granada

ALM Earth Tremor OnLThe Good Folk (and the bad ones) of Granada have been a bit rattled by subterranean rattling after a 3.6º earth tremor yesterday morning. This follows two earliers ones in the week.

The Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN) registered the tectonic tandrum at 00.09h Thursday morning with the  epicentre in Pinos Puente. As this ground grumble took place a mere kilometre down, its affects were keenly felt – had it been much deeper, nobody would have even realised there had been one.

As it was, the 112 emergency number received 41 calls from the city, as well as Santa Fé, Vegas del Genil, Atarfe, Maracena, Armilla, Peligros, Albolote, Las Gabias and Chauchina.

The Junta de Andalucía through its emergency services order a damage report but nothing had undergone structural damage nor anybody hurt.

Social media sprung into life with the normal amount of guasa with one person remarking, “I thought that there wasn’t supposed to be any mobility after curfew!”

As mentioned above, this was the third earth tremor recently with one under Fuente Vaqueros, just five kilometres from the the next one under Chauchina, occurring just two minutes apart: 13.20h and 13.22h Wednesday.

The thing with earthquakes and earth tremors is the relation between intensity and magnitude, which is why a high reading on the Richter Scale (magnitude) doesn’t always translate into a notable affect on the surface. It’s all about how close it is to the surface (intensity). So a high magnitude anywhere down around the 100km in depth mark, won’t have much affect on the surface.

In Pinos Puente back in 1808 there was a series of quakes reaching an intensity level of VIII, which is “running-in-circles-screaming-we’re-going-to-die” intensity.

Anyway, Granada has a lot of seismic activity because it sits on the Euro-Asian fault, hence the existence of the Sierra Nevada, pushed up by one plate sliding over the top of the other.

(News: City & Metropolitan Area, Granada, Andalucia)

  6 comments for “Earth Tremors in Granada

  1. December 6, 2020 at 10:03 am

    Thank you, Valerie, for your positive words on the Gazette and wishing a happy Christmas too! 😉

  2. Valerie
    December 6, 2020 at 9:38 am

    Happy Christmas to Martin and every one .Your information has been a great help in these troubled times.. Thankyou..

  3. December 4, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Jeremy: Happy Xmas to you too and thanks for the encouraging words. Actually, there was a fireball on the same day as the earth tremor – not joking!

    https://www.ideal.es/sociedad/bola-fuego-atraveso-granada-terremoto-20201203170003-nt.html

  4. Jeremy
    December 4, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    What next this year? A plague of locusts? Hopefully not :-)
    Happy Christmas & keep up the good work.

  5. December 4, 2020 at 8:54 am

    Margaret: Hey, thank you very much! Much appreciated the good feedback. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, too! 😉

  6. Margaret Gray
    December 4, 2020 at 8:36 am

    Global pandemic, heavy snow storms, earthquakes…Happy Christmas and thank you all at the Gazette for keeping us informed! Seriously, your information has been very helpful over the last year.

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