Strong earthquake near Lorca and Murcia, Spain

Recap of May 11, the day of the Lorca earthquake. was alerted by a weak but shallow earthquake shortly after 5 PM. Every day tens of earthquakes of this magnitude are occurring all over the world, so nothing special here.  Shortly after the first shaking we mentioned already … [Read more...]

Understanding the Lorca, Spain May 11 2011 earthquake

The southeastern Spain earthquake of 11 May, 2011, occurred within the plate boundary region that separates the Eurasia and Africa (Nubia) plates. At the longitude of the earthquake, the Africa plate moves NW with respect to the Eurasia plate with a velocity of 6 mm/yr. Earthquakes in … [Read more...]