AN EARTHQUAKE in Morocco caused a ripple in Andalucía, sparking over 70 calls to emergency services yesterday afternoon.
The epicentre was halfway between Alhucemas (pictured), to the east of Tangiers, and the Spanish-owned city-province of Melilla, close to the Algerian border.
It measured 4.9 on the Richter scale when it was recorded at 14.47hrs yesterday (Thursday) and, although it was felt in Málaga, Granada and Jaén, no damage was caused in mainland Spain.
Just 10 minutes later, at 14.57hrs, an aftershock measuring 3.0 on the Richter scale came again near Alhucemas, Morocco.
This time, it provoked a flood of calls from Málaga city, Vélez-Málaga, and Motril on the Granada province coast.
Again, though, no damage was recorded in mainland Spain, but in the Spanish enclave of Melilla lamps shook, furniture trembled and at least two buildings were damaged.
One of the Averroes blocks of government-subsidised flats sustained a crack in the rendering, just months after part of it fell off completely due to alleged faulty construction.
The crack has since widened, but the area has been fenced off for safety reasons since the earlier damage.
Parts of the roof of a house in the C/ O'Donnell, in the centre of Melilla, fell down, and a car crash was caused at the moment of the tremor.
A woman was injured in the crash, but apparently not seriously.
No injuries were reported in Melilla as a result of the quake, only minor property damage.