Major magnitude 7.8 earthquake - Strait of Gibraltar (Spain) on Monday, March 29, 1954 at 06:17 GMT

Major magnitude 7.8 earthquake - Strait of Gibraltar (Spain) on Monday, March 29, 1954 at 06:17 GMT Major magnitude 7.8 earthquake - Strait of Gibraltar (Spain) on Monday, March 29, 1954 at 06:17 GMT

Major magnitude 7.8 earthquake at 626 km depth

Earthquake details

Date & timeMar 29, 1954 06:17:07 UTC
Local time at epicenter
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude7.8
Depth626.2 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude36.988°N / 3.612°W (Spain)
Antipode36.988°S / 176.388°E
Shaking intensityModerate shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoCalatrava (212 km / 132 mi)
Nearby towns and cities4 km (3 mi) W of Durcal (Granada) (pop: 6,910) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
15 km (9 mi) S of La Zubia (Granada) (pop: 17,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
15 km (9 mi) S of Zubia (Granada) (pop: 17,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
17 km (11 mi) S of Armilla (Granada) (pop: 21,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
22 km (14 mi) S of Granada (pop: 234,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
28 km (17 mi) NNW of Motril (pop: 60,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
49 km (31 mi) ENE of Vélez-Malaga (pop: 74,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
78 km (48 mi) ENE of Malaga (pop: 568,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
182 km (113 mi) ENE of Gibraltar (Gibraltar) (pop: 26,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
381 km (237 mi) S of Madrid (pop: 3,255,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released3.2 x 1016 joules (8784 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 7.6 x 106 tons of TNT or 472.4 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Mag.DepthLocationSource
7.8626 kmStrait of Gibraltar (Spain)USGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (6 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Feb 14, 1956 09:53
67 years ago
5.3

15 km
Îlot de Sidi Djillali, Departement du Chelif, 20 km N of El Abadia, AlgeriaMore
Jun 5, 1955 14:56
67 years ago
5.6

15 km
northern AlgeriaMore
May 8, 1955 21:39
67 years ago
5.3

15 km
Îlot de Sidi Djillali, 19 km E of Sidi Akkacha, AlgeriaMore
Sep 10, 1954 05:44
68 years ago
6.2

15 km
northern AlgeriaMore
Sep 9, 1954 09:28
68 years ago
5.4

15 km
northern AlgeriaMore
Sep 9, 1954 01:04
68 years ago
6.7

15 km
northern AlgeriaMore

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