Earthquake felt in mainland Portugal: second significant shaker in a week

For the second time in a matter of days, Portugal felt the earth tremble.

This time, it was up near the Spanish border, not far from Fundão, where there was a smaller quake took place less than two weeks before.

Yesterday’s quake measured 2.7 on the Richter scale, and had its epicentre around 12 km from the Spanish town of Coria.

IPMA, Portugal’s sea and atmosphere institute said it was felt on national soil at 9.10pm,

A quick look at IPMA’s map of recent seismic activity will show how many quakes Portugal has had since the 3.4 magnitude bone-shaker that startled hundreds of people in the Algarve after it hit early on Wednesday morning, in Silves.

The mini-quakes rarely top 2.4 on the Richter Scale, but they can be seen happening in large numbers in the southern half of the country and offshore in the south pretty much all the time.

Since last night’s quake in the Spanish Estremadura, there has been another one, almost as large (2.3 on the scale) further south near Aracena.
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