QUAKE IN YOUR BOOTS: Costa Blanca hideously unprepared for seismic emergencies

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AFTERMATH: Parts of Alicante are highly susceptible to earthquakes (File image) Photo credit: Leggi il Firenzepost Wikimedia

DESPITE it being mandatory, there is a lack of emergency planning in place across 136 municipalities in the Alicante Province in the case of earthquakes.

A law was established in 2011 to ensure that this was the case in an area that has been declared as being of ‘maximum seismic risk’.

The information has come to light following on from the largest earthquake felt in the area earlier this month when a 4.3 magnitude struck with its epicentre between Crevillente and Albatera.  There were no injuries or damage as a result, but it did send a human shock wave among a large share of the population.  The recent quake followed six minor tremors in the Marina Alta between July 26 and August 2.

According to reports in the Spanish media, not one single municipality in the Alicante Province has emergency plans in force…a similar situation exists in Valencia too.  That’s a total of 327 across both regions of which 191 are in Valencia.

There are five municipalities in Alicante (all in the Vega Baja) with a greater risk of earthquakes listed as, in order of likelihood, Torrevieja, Rojales, Los Montesinos, Benifofar and Formentera.  They are followed by Orihuela, Elche and Crevillente and, with a less but significant chance, Alcoy, Alicante, Villena, Benidorm, Denia and Elda.

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