Residents react to earthquake
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