(Express) – Spanish holiday resorts around Alicante have been struck by an earthquake measuring four on the Richter Scale. The towns of Alicante, Elche, Torrellano and Santa Pola were particularly affected by the earthquake, with movement even felt as far away as Benidorm. The quake struck at 5.15pm on Sunday as commemorations were taking place for a fatal earthquake that struck 190 years ago, which killed 400 people. The Cabo de Palos earthquake took place on March 21, 1820 and measured 6.6 on the Richter Scale.

To mark the anniversary, towns including Torrevieja have been holding various events and historical reconstructions which recreated the rescue mission. Locals took to social media to report their ‘buildings shaking and furniture moving’. Professor Jorge Olcina, president of the Spanish Association of Geographers, said it was “one of the major earthquakes of recent years in the province” and that a magnitude of four “is already important and can cause cracks in the dwellings built prior to the 1972 earthquake-resistant standard.” READ MORE

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