Two quakes in one week: Portugal sitting “on powder keg”

Portugal registered two earthquakes last week – one of them, in Lisbon, strong enough to set social media alight with reports from all the people who felt it. Neither quake was anywhere near the ballpark for causing damages, but experts have been quick to throw in warnings of what ‘could be round the corner’. Mário Lopes, an engineer specialising in quakes and lecturer at the superior technical institute (ISP) told Diário de Notícias: “we’re in a seismic zone that could, at any moment, have a stronger quake that causes a lot of damage and kills many people. It is a way of reminding us we are sitting on top of a powder keg that one day will explode”.