Woken In The Night

Nothing much happens at this time of year, so it can be difficult to think of something to blog about that I haven't touched on before. Well, nature has dished up a topic for me. Just before half past five this morning my wife and I were wakened by a pronounced shaking of the bed. This continued for only three or four seconds after we woke, but was unnerving to say the least. Anyway it quickly stopped without any perceptible damage. We agreed we had just had an earthquake and rolled over and went back to sleep. This morning it's the main item of news; a strong earthquake, currently described as 6.3 on the Richter scale had occurred with its epicentre just about 75 miles due south of here, just off the coast of Morocco. The main impact in terms of damage was felt in the Spanish enclave of Melilla on the Moroccan coast. Over here little if any damage and certainly no reports of any injuries. On reflection, the remarkable thing is that this should be unusual. Spain lies on the southern boundary of the European Plate, whilst the North African Plate's northern boundary meets it under the Mediterranean. Shifts at the junctions of tectonic plates are the norm rather than the exception, and that is what causes earthquakes. It's just that this boundary is more stable than many. More stable, yes; totally stable, no. Anyway, there you are - something different for a change.


  1. Hi Ian, we have been going on holiday to Frigiliana for about 8 years and are now in the process of looking to buy a property over there so we can also 'live the dream!'
    I must admit that terrorism in the future was more of a concern to us, but earthquakes!!!??? Think I'll 'forget' to show the wife this letter of yours!
    Regards, Pajothorn
    Keep writing, we need every bit of help we can to enjoy our planning to the most beautiful place in the world.

    1. Hi Paul, Take comfort in the fact that tremors like yesterday's are so unusual that it was the only topic of conversation all day.