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Major earthquake hits Spain, no casualties reported

A strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake has struck the Mediterranean between Morocco & Spain.

Earthquake. Picture: Sxc.hu.
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World

JOHANNESBURG/MADRID – A strong 6,6 magnitude earthquake has struck the Mediterranean between Morocco and Spain.

The US Geological Survey said the 32 kilometre deep quake hit in the early hours of this morning and was followed by a 5,3 magnitude tremor.

There have been no reports of a tsunami alert being issued.

There were no immediate reports of any casualties or major damage across Spain's southern coast.

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.

Additional reporting by Reuters.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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