Strong 6.1 Earthquake Hits Mediterranean Between Spain & Morocco


A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck the Mediterranean between Morocco and Spain early on Monday.

The US Geological Survey reported that the quake hit at 4.22 a.m. 62 kilometres north of the Moroccan city of Al Hoceima and 164 kilometres east-southeast of Gibraltar. The quake was followed by a 5.3-magnitude tremor.

There have been no reports of casualties.

Buildings were damaged by the quake and tremors were felt in the south of Spain and in the Spanish enclave of Melilla bordering Morocco.

Authorities in Melilla have decided to keep schools closed as a precautionary measure to review the state of the buildings, while local media say that power is being restored after a blackout occurred following the earthquake.

This latest earthquake comes a day after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Southern Alaska where four homes were destroyed by a gas explosion.