Res­i­dents re­act to earth­quake

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By Dave Jones AN EARTH­QUAKE mea­sur­ing 2.3 on the Richter scale was felt by thou­sands of res­i­dents in the Vega Baja area on Tues­day evening.

Ac­cord­ing the na­tional ge­o­graphic in­sti­tute (IGN), it oc­curred at 21.47, with the epi­cen­tre in the south-west of Tor­re­vieja at a depth of 11km.

The graphic pub­lished by the IGN shows that this was to the south of Tor­re­vieja salt lake, close to the AP-7 mo­tor­way. No dam­age was re­ported to the emer­gency ser­vices.

Res­i­dents all over the Vega Baja area re­ported hear­ing and feel­ing the earth­quake, while oth­ers noted that a cou­ple of smaller tremors had oc­curred at around 20.00.

The am­a­teur me­te­o­rol­o­gists at Tor­re­vieja’s Proyecto Mas­tral con­firmed on Wednes- day that two mi­nor tremors had oc­curred at 20.01 and 20.02 with epi­cen­tres on the west­ern shore of Tor­re­vieja salt lake, mea­sur­ing 1.6 and 0.9 on the Richter scale re­spec­tively.

Tor­re­vieja res­i­dent Shirley Hooper said she had felt the larger tremor in La Si­esta.

“It sounded like a bad­ly­loaded wash­ing ma­chine on a fast spin,” she noted.

Kathy Cle­ments, also in Tor­re­vieja, said: “I def­i­nitely felt it here, it was like a truck driv­ing through in Aguas Nuevas.”

Gil­lian Burgess in Ro­jales noted: “Yes, felt in Que­sada. The ground shook and win­dow grills vi­brated.”

Alice Lee in San Miguel de Sali­nas said it felt like a truck was go­ing through the house.

In En­tre Naran­jos, Ori­huela, Vir­ginia Eden noted that the win­dows and front door vi­brated.

Linda Wool­ley said they felt three tremors dur­ing the evening in Tor­re­vieja.

“I was just cook­ing tea. It made me run out­side. The first one was a big boom,” she said. Coun­cil­lor Javier Man­zanares re­vealed this week that Tor­re­vieja is up­dat­ing its earth­quake evac­u­a­tion plan, which dates from 1992.

He has in­vited Ali­cante Univer­sity pro­fes­sor José Juan Giner Caturla to help out.

Sr Man­zanares vis­ited the pro­fes­sor in the seis­mic reg­istry unit of the univer­sity this week, ac­com­pa­nied by Vi­cente Moreno, who is pres­i­dent of the Tor­re­vieja 1829 as­so­ci­a­tion and an ad­vi­sor to the coun­cil’s depart­ment for emer­gency ser- vices. Sr Man­zanares ex­plained that Sr Giner will ad­vise on the po­si­tion­ing of seis­mo­graphs in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity which mea­sure the in­ten­sity of tremors.

The pro­fes­sor will also take part in a mini-con­fer­ence on earth­quakes in Tor­re­vieja in the near fu­ture. The coun­cil­lor said ex­perts will be giv­ing talks at schools and as­so­ci­a­tions in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity ex­plain­ing what to do in the event of an earth­quake.

The IGN graphic marks the epi­cen­tre of the earth­quake

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