March 25th, 2014
Talking to a friend of mine yesterday from the Lorca area reminded me of the study made in 2012 that blamed humans for the 2011 earthquake…Scientists studying the fault beneath the Spanish city of Lorca said that groundwater removal was implicated in the deadly 2011 earthquake. Nine people were killed in this earthquake and a lot of structural damage created. My friend living close to the epicenter lost a family member and his textile mill was badly damaged. For me one of the most amazing facts is that the water table in the area had dropped by 250 metres in just 50 years… Although the study does go on to say that the earthquake would have happened anyway even without the water extraction.
However, the area lies on a seismically active region, and the data suggest only that the water drainage sped up and eventually triggered a process that would have eventually happened anyway.
The full article is over at the BBC
May 11th, 2011
Rather sad news, Two earthquakes with magnitudes of 5.1 and 4.5 have hit the centre of the Murcian town of Lorca, killing at least ten people, after several buildings collapsed. Although minor tremors are relatively common in south-east Spain, this the first time since 1956 that so many people have been killed. Almost 200 soldiers have been dispatched to the area.
December 13th, 2007
I came acrosss this interesting map from the Instituto Geográfico Nacional of earthquakes in the Iberian Peninsula in the last ten days equal to above 1.5. As the image is a feed, what you’re seeing is updated (every day I think). Click here for a list of earthquakes with details of location and intensity. More on earthquakes in Spain
July 24th, 2007
The 1755 Lisbon earthquake took place on 1st November 1755. Estimated by modern geologists as approaching magnitude 9 on the Richter Scale, it is one of the most destructive and deadly earthquakes in history, possibly killing between 60,000 and 100,000 people. Another 10 000 were killed in Morocco, along with large numbers living on the coast of Andalucia. The quake was followed by a tsunami which rushed up engulfed the harbour and rushed up the Tagus and a fire, resulting in the almost-total destruction of Lisbon and profoundly disrupting the country’s eighteenth-century colonial ambitions.
The event was widely discussed by European Enlightenment philosophers, and inspired major developments in thinking, and also signalled the birth of modern seismology.
Lisbon in flames with a tsunami overwhelming the ships in the harbor (1755 engraving)
1755 Lisbon earthquake
1755 German copperplate image, “The Ruins of Lisbon. Survivors camp in a (rather fanciful) tent city outside the city of Lisbon, following the November 1, 1755 earthquake. The image shows criminal activity and general mayhem, as well as the hanging of quake survivors under constabulary supervision. Priests are present, one holding a crucifix, one possibly a prayer book, so appear to be giving last rites to persons being hanged. ” Wikipedia
Tsunamis in Spain
earthquakes in Spain
January 3rd, 2007
I put together this short piece on Tsunamis in Portugal and Spain