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Countless Earthquakes Devastate Granada 

The tremors caused no casualties, but a lot of damage 

By Carmen Barahona and Marta Areal

January 30th, 2021

Firefighters and the police help the people who were affected.

In the province of Granada, a lot of earthquakes have created an atmosphere of terror and confusion around its population and caused hundreds of cracks in different buildings. In the past days, the earthquakes began to extend and multiply around the area. Their magnitude wasn’t very high except for five of them which were of magnitude 4 or higher. In Granada, these phenomena haven’t been detected on such a big scale since 1979, when they lasted for six months, and this is repeating in 2021. The population was very scared and didn’t know what to do in that situation. Most of them went outside for their security and waited for the earthquakes to stop. 

“I’m very afraid, every day the ground moves and I don’t know what to do.”

– Santa Fe Resident

Manuela is an 81-year-old resident of Santa Fe, a village that is only 10 kilometres away from Granada, where the epicentre of some earthquakes has been located. The woman begins to cry after asking her how she is: “I’m very afraid, every day the ground moves and I don’t know what to do,” she says to us. Furthermore, in a nearby street, Pepi lives with her daughter. This housewife tells us that her family doesn’t yet dare to sleep on the upper floor of the house and they’re sleeping in the living room.

In Santa Fe and other affected localities there are “organized assistance offices” for the affected families. Only in Santa Fe 130 families presented their documents because of damages in their homes; nevertheless there are around 500 affected families in Artafe as explained by the mayors.