Malaga is at risk of an earthquake
Seismologists have warned that the province of Malaga, a British holiday hotspot located in the south of Spain, is at risk of being stuck by mega earthquakes which could also trigger tsunamis.
A map that has been published by the Provincial Council of Malaga showing the municipalities of Axarquía and Nororma are at greatest risk of being hit by quakes.
Ricardo García Arribas, vice president of the association, said the closer the area is to the Granada fault, which across northern Malaga, the more severe the earthquake is likely to be.
The city of Malaga is also at high risk, with the experts believing that there is a 70 per cent chance of a quake happening there in the foreseeable future.
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The report also warns about the threat of tsunamis, but says that the risk of giant waves is small due to the fact that there is not enough ocean between Malaga and Morocco to allow waves to grow to epic proportions.
There is a chance that the earthquake could trigger a tsunami
However, cities on the south-west of Spain, such as Cadiz and Huelva, are threatened by tsunamis in the event of earthquakes.
The report was written so that when construction happens in this region in the future, constructers will now have to make the buildings more earthquake-proof.
The Vice-President of Malaga, Francisco Salado, said: "It is a necessary study, very useful for all the municipalities of the province, as they update the risk data, adapting them to state and community regulations, which are increasingly demanding and rigorous to prevent the effects of potential earthquakes, and whose main objectives are to protect human lives and limit material damage.”