Majorca: Tourist areas shaken by two earthquakes terrifying the inhabitants | Travel News | Travel
The seismic movements occurred yesterday afternoon and last night. They were felt in Marratxi, Santa Maria and other towns in the Raiguer region in the north and west of the Spanish island.
The earthquakes lasted a few moments with one at 7:40 p.m. then a second stronger one at 9:40 p.m.
Police said there were fortunately no injuries or damage, but many people reported that the shaky lines were blocked.
Many believed a bomb had gone off, leading police and firefighters to search the area.
Local residents took to social media to share their reaction to the shocking earthquakes.
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One said: “The floor in the house shook, the second aftershock was much stronger.”
Another said: “What a fright, everything shook.”
Residents of the capital, Palma, also felt the unexpected tremors.
A Twitter user said: “What is happening in Mallorca in the Marratxi region? Shattered glass, strange smell, twice like an earthquake, no one confirms (or denies) seismicity or explosions.
Another said: “Around 9.30pm we noticed something in some parts of Mallorca, a rumbling noise, the ground shook, everything shook but they say it wasn’t an earthquake, what happened. he passed?”
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At first, the National Geographic Institute dismissed any earthquake, but later confirmed two tremors.
The first was a magnitude of 2.2 on the Richter scale and occurred in Deià on the west coast of Mallorca.
The second was of magnitude 2.5 and hit Bunyola at 9:36 p.m., also located on the west coast of Mallorca.
In Santa Maria, there was “a whole alarm” according to the firefighters. The National Geographic Institute already confirmed last Monday an earthquake of magnitude 2.4 in the Mediterranean Sea between Catalonia and the Balearic Islands.
Mallorca has been hit by earthquakes in the past, with the most severe earthquake occurring recently in 2003.
An earthquake that reached 6.7 on the Richter scale has caused panic in Mallorca, although the epicenter is in Algeria.
The earthquake was particularly noticeable in Palma, the capital of Majorca, and in the municipalities of Inca, Manacor and Muro.
Majorca is a hugely popular holiday destination with British tourists and many travel there every year.
This year, British tourists will face new restrictions on alcohol consumption in certain areas of the island.
Beach resorts, such as Magaluf, have introduced new bans on all-you-can-eat deals and booze cruises.
The popular resort town aims to combat its reputation as a hedonistic destination and attract a new type of tourist.
easyJet recently issued a warning to UK travelers about new holiday rules in Magaluf.
Additional reporting by Rita Sobot.