Another Rare Earthquake Strikes Near Morocco

63km NNE of Al Hoceima, Morocco

A moderate earthquake with magnitude 5.6 (ml/mb) was detected on Tuesday, 63 kilometers (39 miles) from Al Hoceima in Morocco. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 10 km (6 miles) below the earth’s surface. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 15/03/16 / 2016-03-15 04:40:40 / March 15, 2016 @ 4:40 am. Exact location of event, longitude -3.6129 West, latitude 35.7568 North, depth = 10 km. Id of earthquake: us10004xp4. Event ids that are associated: us10004xp4. The temblor was detected at 04:40:40 / 4:40 am (local time epicenter).

Event epicenter was 63 km (39 miles) from Al Hoceïma (c. 395 600 pop), 90 km (56 miles) from Nador (c. 129 300 pop), 80 km (50 miles) from Melilla (c. 73 500 pop), 111 km (69 miles) from Motril (c. 60 300 pop), 66 km (41 miles) from Tirhanimîne (c. 55 800 pop), 109 km (68 miles) from Almuñécar (c. 27 700 pop), 71 km (44 miles) from Imzoûrene (c. 26 700 pop), 113 km (70 miles) from Nerja (c. 21 800 pop). Nearby country/countries, Spain (c. 46 506 000 pop), Morocco (c. 31 627 000 pop) (That might be effected). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Nerja, Motril, Salobreña (min 5000 pop).

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

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