Thursday 22 March 2018

Strong earthquake strikes Mediterranean and sends people running into the street in Spain

The earthquake was felt in Malaga
The earthquake was felt in Malaga

A pre-dawn earthquake sent people running into the streets and caused damage to buildings in Spain's North African enclave, Melilla.

The US Geological Survey said the quake measured 6.3 on the Richter scale and had its epicentre in the Mediterranean Sea about 48 miles (77km) north-west of Melilla, a small Spanish city surrounded by Morocco and the sea.

Spain's state-owned TVE television said there were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths following the earthquake at 5.22am local time (0422 GMT).

Television images showed chunks of concrete from apartment buildings on the ground, and residents running outside in their pyjamas following the quake.

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