Spain: Magnitude 6.2 earthquake felt in African enclave

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No reports of casualties, major damage after Spain earthquake

MADRID: There were no immediate reports of any casualties or major damage across Spain's southern coast early on Monday after a major earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck about 162 km (100 miles) southeast of Malaga.

The quake hit at 0422 GMT, the Spanish National Geographic Institute said, and was followed by six lesser aftershocks. The US Geological Survey had earlier reported the tremor had a magnitude of 6.6 and was registered at 33 km (20 miles) deep.

Emergency services in the southern region of Andalucia said in a statement on their Twitter feed they had received 250 calls from alarmed residents.

The tremors and aftershocks were felt throughout the region, including in the cities of Malaga, Cordoba, Seville and Granada.

In Melilla, a Spanish enclave on the Moroccan coast, emergency services said they had received more than 200 calls from people warning of damage to properties. Schools would remain shut on Monday so buildings could be inspected.

Media in Melilla said power was being restored to areas where it had been cut.

MADRID: A pre-dawn earthquake Monday sent people running into the streets and caused damage to buildings in Spain's north African enclave of Melilla.

The US Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 6.2 and had its epicentre in the Mediterranean Sea about 77 kilometers (48miles) northwest of Melilla, a small Spanish city surrounded by Morocco and the sea.

Spain's National Geographical Institute said the quake struck at 5:22 am (0422 GMT) and had nearly a dozen aftershocks, including two measuring 4.6 about three hours later.

Melilla government president Juan Jose Imbroda said 15 people were treated for minor injuries, mostly bruises and cuts. He put the low number of injuries down to the fact that the quake took place before dawn and most people were indoors.

Morocco's state news service said local authorities in Nador and Al Hoceima reported no damage nor injuries.

Spanish National Television images showed chunks of concrete on the ground that fell from apartment buildings in Melilla and residents who ran outside in their pajamas following the quake. The quake was felt as far away as the cities of Cadiz and Malaga across the Mediterranean Sea in mainland Spain.

Imbroda said the city government building was probably the building most damaged and would remain closed for three days.

He canceled school classes for children until firefighter inspectors could check the school buildings. He said it was not immediately known how many buildings were damaged.

The city government urged people to use cars as little as possible so as not to cause any traffic jams.

Melilla has a population of some 85,000.