Important historic earthquakes in Spain

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earthquakes Spain

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Label info : M = magnitude, D = depth (km), Time = UTC time

SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Oct 10 05:38 3.9 36 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Los Christianos, Tenerife - On holiday 10.10.17, 6:38 local time lying in bed, felt a short shudder, did not last long, cupboards shook, some light furniture shook. Not a large tremor. No damage that I was aware of. Other holiday makers felt it as well. Posted a week after event.
  • EMSC Spain Oct 05 11:55 4.0 11 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Barcelona - Few seconds. Twice. I was in my bed. 5.05 in the morning
  • EMSC Spain Oct 05 06:22 3.2 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Albox, Spain Sep 20 01:56 2.8 7 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Aug 29 18:36 3.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Spain Aug 21 03:10 3.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Aug 18 10:01 3.2 25 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Albunuelas, Spain Jul 31 23:16 4.0 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Spain Jun 29 22:32 3.5 11 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region May 25 06:28 3.2 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Spain May 23 11:54 3.1 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Spain May 23 10:47 3.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Spain May 22 03:36 2.1 15 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Spain May 18 10:07 3.7 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Spain May 16 13:53 2.1 3 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Spain May 13 18:43 2.2 1 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Spain May 09 00:50 2.2 1 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region May 06 01:51 3.2 38 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Spain Apr 16 22:37 3.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Spain Apr 15 19:03 3.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Spain Apr 15 16:54 2.8 8 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Spain Apr 15 11:04 3.9 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Apr 13 01:30 3.0 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Spain Apr 04 13:42 3.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Spain Mar 29 23:38 3.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 26 15:53 3.4 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Las Palmas, Fuerteventura, - Loud rumbling and minor shaking at 16:54 local time
  • EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Mar 14 02:33 3.4 14 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Berriobeiti, Spain Mar 10 06:43 4.3 6 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Benejuzar, Spain Mar 09 10:48 2.5 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Spain Mar 09 10:48 2.9 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Torrevieja - We live upstairs on second flor. We have o terrace on the roof. I was in the kitchen and it was a loud noice as if something very heavy was moved on the terrace .At the same time I felt a shake like the flor was moving and the plates and glass rattled. It was over within 5 sec.
  • EMSC Spain Feb 23 09:14 3.3 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Spain Feb 17 15:03 2.1 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Spain Feb 12 05:35 3.4 11 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Spain Feb 10 23:10 2.6 11 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Balearic Islands, Spain Feb 05 19:22 4.1 40 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Spain Jan 18 20:55 3.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Aigües - Doors and windows rattled a few times at 3pm. From about 9pm the tremors have been more frequent and severe. It feels like closeby bomb blasts. No damage to property noted.
  • Aigues - Kwam de hele middag en avond voor. Geen schade (tot nu toe!) Donderend geluid
  • EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Jan 14 08:47 3.1 40 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Spain Jan 11 10:13 2.0 1 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Spain Jan 08 17:07 3.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Jan 06 12:18 3.0 3 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 18 18:03 3.0 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 09 00:43 3.0 7 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Spain Dec 03 04:55 2.3 2 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Spain Dec 02 16:08 2.0 1 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Spain Nov 28 16:08 2.0 1 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Balearic Islands, Spain Nov 23 19:53 2.6 0 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Spain Nov 23 15:28 3.0 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Crevillente - Noise like bombs exploding. Shaking house and bed. Don't see damage.
  • Alicante - Just light shaking - a bit up and a bit horizontally
  • Hondon De Las Nieves - No damage just shook the house as very noisy.
  • Hondon de LA frailes - Light shaking for 3 seconds approximately
  • Elche - No damage. Just thunder noise and slight shaking
  • Novelda - Like a bomb going off, one shake only
  • Hondon de las Nieves - Like a bomb exploding ground shaking our patio door cracked
  • EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Nov 22 10:45 3.1 24 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Nov 21 00:17 3.6 39 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Spain Nov 18 12:11 2.4 12 MAP I Felt It

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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