Streets littered with rubble as 6.1 quake strikes off coasts of Spain, Morocco

Baku, January 25, AZERTAC

An earthquake registering 6.1 on the Richter scale has struck the Mediterranean Sea between Spain and Morocco. Buildings have been damaged by the quake, which was felt in Spanish cities, including Seville and Malaga, according to Russia Today.

The earthquake struck in the early morning around 160km south east of Malaga and 62km north of the Moroccan city of Al Hoceima, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reports, as cited by AFP.

The quake was followed by a 5.3-magnitude tremor.

Local media in Melilla say that power is being restored after a blackout occurred following the earthquake.

Spanish emergency services in the southern region of Andalusia said they had received around 250 calls from worried residents. Schools have also been closed as a precautionary measure to allow inspectors to check whether any of the buildings have suffered structural damage.

More tremors and aftershocks could be felt throughout the region, including large urban centers such as Malaga, Seville and Cordoba.

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