An earthquake measuring 2.3 on the Richter scale shook the Vega Baja at 9:47pm on Tuesday night. It had its epicentre in the south of Torrevieja but was felt in the neighbouring areas of Orihuela and San Miguel de Salinas.
The National Geographic Institute (IGN) recorded the epicentre as being 11 kilometres deep.
But this was not the only earthquake in Torrevieja yesterday, just the biggest. According to the Mastral Project the first was at 8:01pm and the second at 8:02pm, which measured 1.6 and 0.9 respectively.
All of them had their epicentres in the area near Torrevieja salt lake, between Los Montesinos and Los Balcones.
On Monday Torrevieja Town Hall was already preparing what to do in case of a much more serious earthquake in the municipality. Councillor Javier Manzanares and emergencies advisor Vicente Moreno visited Professor José Juan Giner Caturla from Alicante University’s Seismic Unit.
The professor summed up a plan that had already been presented to the Town Hall back in 1992 and Manzanares said the idea is to update this. He also suggested installing accelerographs which measure the movement of the earth and the intensity of small earthquakes.
“We have invited this expert in the matter to the presentation that will be made soon about what to do during and after an earthquake,” said the councillor.
Caturla accepted the invitation to talk at the presentation, which will be made to various associations and schools who are interested.