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Magnitude 4.4 earthquake and a dozen aftershocks rumble the south of Spain

Firefighters make a property safe in the town of Atarfe.
Firefighters make a property safe in the town of Atarfe. / EUROPA PRESS
  • The earthquake, with its epicentre in Granada province, left one person injured and was felt as far away as Malaga

A strong earthquake with magnitude of 4.4 was registered on Saturday afternoon with its epicentre in the Granada town of Santa Fe leading to one person being injured and reports of material damage to property.

The earthquake, according to data collected by Spain's National Geographic Institute (IGN), happened at 12.15pm.

The 112 Andalucía emergency control room received more than 75 calls from across the south of Spain.

The tremor, according to the IGN, was also felt in Malaga city, Nerja, Torrox, Algarrobo Costa, Torre del Mar, Vélez-Málaga and Nueva Andalucía in Marbella.

One person was reported injured in Atarfe after the tremor caused part of a chimney to fall on his home. The earthquake left cracks in walls, displaced roof tiles and led to the collapse of a false ceiling at a school in the area.

 The quake was also felt in Malaga city, Nerja, Torrox, Algarrobo Costa, Torre del Mar, Vélez-Málaga and Nueva Andalucía in Marbella

The quake was also felt in Malaga city, Nerja, Torrox, Algarrobo Costa, Torre del Mar, Vélez-Málaga and Nueva Andalucía in Marbella / IGN

The Local Police of Atarfe also said they ordered the preventive eviction of several homes in the event of possible gas leaks.

Several aftershocks followed and then another seismic movement with a magnitude 3.3 was registered at 6.08pm.

On Sunday morning another earthquake stuck the same area, this time with a magnitude of 3.2.