Earthquake strikes off coast of Spain

The epicentre was 100 miles south of Malaga
The epicentre was 100 miles south of Malaga

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake has been recorded in the Mediterranean Sea, south of popular tourist city Malaga.

The US Geological Survey said the quake measured 6.3 on the Richter scale and had its epicentre in the Mediterranean Sea about 100 miles south-east of Malaga, in the heart of Spain's Costa del Sol.

Spain's state-owned TVE television said there were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths following the earthquake at 5.22am local time (0422 GMT).

The pre-dawn earthquake sent people running into the streets and caused damage to buildings in Spain's Morroccan enclave, Melilla.

Television images showed chunks of concrete from apartment buildings on the ground, and residents running outside in their pyjamas following the quake.

Yesterday, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck Alaska.