Madeira earthquake: Bed shook! Panic as very scary 6.1 tremors rock holiday hotspot

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The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) revealed that the natural disaster struck the Portuguese island in the early hours of this morning. It was recorded at a depth of more than 18 miles and was centred near Funchal, the EMSC said.

The island is popular with tourists – including many Brits – and the earthquake comes as it is hoped international travel can resume to pre-pandemic levels.

Many people have reported the terrifying experience of rooms rocking due to the force of the earthquake.

AlexTM87 tweeted: “Ahhh yes nothing better to wake up with a good ol’ earthquake. Sismo #Madeira.”

MigusFX said: “We also had a small earthquake here in Madeira Island, around 4:30 am.”

Other locals expressed their worries at being caught up in the natural disaster.

Taking to Twitter: Ana Rodrigues wrote: “There was just an earthquake here on my Island-Madeira.

“And it was very strong. I’m scared.

“What is going on man? I was in my bed and damn it… it was scary. The bed shook all over.”

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Volcanodiscovery.com stated: “Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface.

“The exact magnitude, epicentre, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.”

It added: “Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicentre.

“It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.”

The island – famously the home of Manchester United footballer Cristiano Ronaldo – is located in a notorious hotspot for seismic activity.

In September it recorded five separate earthquakes within 24 hours alone.

And with an increase in seismic activity, local politicians have called for better infrastructure to be put in place for the earthquakes that can cause severe damage to weakened buildings.

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