Magnitude 5.3 Earthquake Rattles Near Morocco

62km NNE of Al Hoceima, Morocco

A moderate earthquake magnitude 5.3 (ml/mb) has struck on Friday, 62 kilometers (39 miles) from Al Hoceima in Morocco. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact location of earthquake, longitude -3.5836 West, latitude 35.7334 North, depth = 10 km. The temblor was reported at 04:16:48 / 4:16 am (local time epicenter). The epicenter was at a depth of 10 km (6 miles). Id of earthquake: us10004wp4. Event ids that are associated: us10004wp4. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 11/03/16 / 2016-03-11 04:16:48 / March 11, 2016 @ 4:16 am.

Closest city/cities or villages, with min 5000 pop, to hypocenter/epicentrum was Nador, Melilla, Imzoûrene. The epicenter was 62 km (39 miles) from Al Hoceïma (c. 395 600 pop), 86 km (54 miles) from Nador (c. 129 300 pop), 76 km (47 miles) from Melilla (c. 73 500 pop), 65 km (40 miles) from Tirhanimîne (c. 55 800 pop), 70 km (43 miles) from Imzoûrene (c. 26 700 pop). Country/countries that might be effected, Spain (c. 46 506 000 pop), Morocco (c. 31 627 000 pop).

Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures. There are an estimated 1320 moderate quakes in the world each year. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days three, in the past 30 days seven and in the last 365 days twenty-seven earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby.

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