Several earthquakes with a magnitude greater than four degrees on the Richter scale have been felt this Tuesday night in the province of Granada, with an epicenter in the towns of Santa Fe, Atarfe, and Cullar Vega. After midnight, the number of earthquakes already reached twenty, although most of them are minor aftershocks. The 112 emergency service has registered more than 300 calls warning of seismic movements in the provinces of Granada, Malaga, and Jaen, in municipalities such as Churriana, Santa Fe, Atarfe, Cijuela, Padul, Granada.Number 112 has indicated that there are no personal injuries and that material damage has been recorded due to minor incidents, mainly related to cracks in homes and detachment of ornamental elements, especially in Granada, Atarfe, and Santa Fe. According to data from the National Geographic Institute, the most important earthquake occurred at 22.36 hours with the epicenter in Santa Fe and had a magnitude of 4.3
Seismic movements have also been recorded at a depth of 5km in other cases of Santa Fe for example, one of 4.2 at 22.54 hours, another of 3.5 at 23.00 and another of 3, 3 at 22.57 hours – and another at a kilometer in Atarfe, 2.7 degrees, at 22.40. And another movement of 4.2 has been felt, with its epicenter in Cullar Vega, at 10:44 p.m.The IGN has detected 172 aftershocks of the 4.4 magnitude earthquake with an epicenter in Santa Fe (Granada) that occurred last Saturday, three of them of 3.3 magnitudes registered between Saturday and last Monday. The President of the Government himself, Pedro Sanchez, has sent a tweet to reassure the population and show solidarity with the concern of thousands of people. He has asked people to heed the instructions of the emergency services.
The mayor of Granada, Luis Salvador, has sent a message of confidence and tranquility to the population after the series of earthquakes registered tonight and has asked residents to stay in their homes. The counselor has indicated that the Granada population has been going through some difficult days and that only knows what it feels like who has suffered it. Salvador has requested the maximum collaboration and tranquility of the citizens, who must remain in their homes – before the risk of landslides that can occur in the street -, and following the official emergency channels. The mayor, who has ensured that the institutions are coordinated and the devices are prepared, recalled that seismology experts point out that this type of seismic series is within normality despite the alarm it generates among the population.
Granada CF, for its part, sent tonight a lot of encouragement to all Granadans after numerous earthquakes occurred that have shocked the population of both the Andalusian city and its metropolitan area. Much encouragement to all the people of Granada who are feeling the earthquakes tonight, stated the club on its official account on different social networks. The rojiblanco club accompanied the message of a link with different tips to follow when an earthquake occurs. This Tuesday the largest earthquake had been detected at 12:16 p.m., it was of magnitude 3.1 with an epicenter in Santa Fe and it has been felt in some 40 towns, including Granada capital, without showing personal or material damage. Throughout the day, around twenty aftershocks have already been registered since dawn.
But tonight the tremors continue and people have started to go outside in case a building collapses. In numerous videos posted on social networks, many people are seen on the street, congregating in parks and open spaces. Emergencies 112 of Andalusia has explained that the Junta de Granada has passed the Emergency Plan to Seismic Risk to the pre-emergency phase. This level is characterized by the instrumental monitoring and study of the phenomenon as well as by information measures to organs, authorities, and the population, the agency explains on its Twitter account.
The IGN updated report on this seismic series, consulted by Europa Press, shows that since the beginning of December 2020 a series of shallow earthquakes have been registered in the northwest of the city of Granada, in the surroundings of the towns of Atarfe Pinos Puente and Santa Fe. The series was reactivated at the end of January 2021 and last Saturday the 23rd the 4.4 magnitudes was registered with an epicenter in Santa Fe, which was strongly felt in numerous nearby towns, as well as in the city of Granada, even to feel in some localities in the provinces of Malaga and Jaen.
From December 1, 2020, until this Monday, a total of 281 earthquakes have been calculated in this environment, of which eight are greater than or equal to 3.0 magnitude and 41 have been felt by the population. Experts attribute the recent seismicity in the Granada to the continuous approximation of 4-5 millimeters per year between the Eurasian and African plates. Specifically, the sudden release of the energy accumulated in the faults due to this movement between plates. The periods of greatest seismic activity such as the current one correspond to swarms, with numerous earthquakes of different magnitudes in nearby locations. They are triggered when the activity of a fault produces a domino effect and triggers the activity of other nearby faults, as explained this Tuesday by the researcher from the University of Granada Jesus Galindo-Zaldivar.
Moreno, very aware of the evolution of earthquakes in the province of Granada
The president of the Board, Juanma Moreno, has declared himself very aware of the evolution of earthquakes – up to seven in the course of an hour – in the province of Granada, with a magnitude ranging between 2.7 and 4 3 degrees on the Richter scale and with an epicenter in the towns of Santa Fe, Atarfe and Cullar Vega. The tremors do not stop these days in the province of Granada and tonight several aftershocks have just occurred, some have also been felt in Malaga. Very aware of their evolution. As always, Emergencias 112 Andalucia is available if necessary Moreno has indicated in a message on his personal Twitter account, consulted by the Press.