A SMALL earthquake woke residents in the Murcia Region at 05.05hrs this morning – but only those who were light sleepers, according to emergency services.
The 112 hotline received just three calls when the quake occurred, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, and said nobody was hurt and no damage has been reported.
Despite only three people ringing the police, fire and ambulance headquarters, the quake was said to have been felt in three towns – Mazarrón, Totana and Lorca.
The epicentre was between all three, but closest to Totana.
Earthquakes of around 2 or 3 on the Richter scale are fairly common in the far south-east of the mainland, but are too minor to cause damage, even accumulated over a period of time.
At 3.2, a tremor would be felt by anyone who was awake at the time, but would not normally feel any more violent than a heavy lorry passing at speed.
Aside from the devastating quake in Lorca in May 2011, and a recent tremor near the Spanish-owned city-province of Melilla on the northern Moroccan coast which caused similar damage to an episode of high winds, earthquakes in Spain are very rarely anything more than anecdote material.
The island of El Hierro in the Canaries suffered over 8,000 earthquakes in 2011, but only a handful were felt with the rest going by completely unnoticed.