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07 Mar 2020 | 03:54 PM UTC

Portugal: 5.2-magnitude earthquake strikes near Madeira March 7

5.2-magnitude earthquake strikes near Madeira on March 7, with no tsunami warning issued; aftershocks possible over the coming hours



A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck near Madeira on Saturday evening (local time), March 7. No tsunami warning was immediately issued. Aftershocks are possible in the region over the coming hours and days.


Individuals on Madeira are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.