Madeira rocked by magnitude 5.2 earthquake

Madeira shakes! Moment when classical concert-goers flee church as 5.2 magnitude earthquake shakes small island

  • A magnitude 5.2 earthquake hit shortly before 9 p.m. on Saturday near Madeira Island
  • Lasted “about a minute” without any significant pre- or aftershocks
  • Footage from a baroque music concert in the city of Sao Vicente showed people running for cover
  • No reports of casualties but three roads were partially closed by rockfall










An earthquake has caused panic evacuations of homes and community buildings on the holiday island of Madeira.

Tourists recounted how they left their hotels after the 5.2 magnitude quake just before 9 p.m. yesterday, which was felt in several parts of the Canary Islands, including Arona in Tenerife, which is 325 miles away.

Images taken inside a church in the town of Sao Vicente, on the island’s north coast, showed people running for shelter when the earthquake struck during a music concert baroque.

The regional tourism minister was among the faithful. No casualties were reported, but three roads were partially closed due to rock slides.

The earthquake’s magnitude readings could be considered the most powerful in Madeira for 45 years.

Its epicenter was southwest of the uninhabited Desertas Islands, about 30 miles from the capital Funchal.

Earthquake caused panicked evacuations of homes and community buildings on the holiday island of Madeira

Tourists recounted how they left their hotels after the 5.2 magnitude earthquake just before 9 p.m. yesterday, which was felt in several parts of the Canary Islands, including Arona in Tenerife.

Tourists recounted how they left their hotels after the 5.2 magnitude earthquake just before 9 p.m. yesterday, which was felt in several parts of the Canary Islands, including Arona in Tenerife.

“It lasted about a minute. We were on the 3rd floor of the Pestana Casino Gardens, ”a vacationing Blackpool couple told Earthquake-Report.com.

“We knew what it was, having been to Christchurch in February 2011 which was much worse.

“There were no aftershocks, no pre-shocks, only one rumble. Then it’s gone.

Former NHS chief executive Mike Huddart said on Twitter: “Earthquake in Madeira. We left the hotel very quickly.

Another British holidaymaker said: “The restaurant windows shook violently. Frightening.’

Images taken inside a church in the town of Sao Vicente, on the island's north coast, show the moment - during a baroque music concert - that the earthquake struck

Images taken inside a church in the town of Sao Vicente, on the island’s north coast, show the moment – during a baroque music concert – that the earthquake struck

People were seen running for safety moments after the earthquake hit the small community gathering

People were seen running for safety moments after the earthquake hit the small community gathering

Another tourist added: “On vacation at the hotel. Very very scary. I thought the building was going to collapse.

A 2.4-magnitude earthquake tracking 20 minutes later led the Portuguese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere to say they couldn’t rule out aftershocks.

The earthquakes were linked to a realignment of tectonic plates.

The Canary Islands Institute of Volcanology said: “The earthquake was felt very clearly throughout Madeira and with less intensity in the Canary Islands.”

A woman living in Funchal said: “I felt the ground shake and my legs were shaking afterwards. I didn’t panic, but relatives of mine who were inside did.

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