Earthquake of magnitude 5.2 strikes Madeira Islands in Portugal, no injuries – EMSC

LISBON (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 struck the Madeira Islands, an autonomous region of Portugal and popular holiday spot, on Saturday evening, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.

No injuries have been reported and no infrastructure or housing was damaged, according to the national civil protection authority.

The quake had a depth of 5 kilometres (3.11 miles), according https://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=836528 to EMSC. It hit 40 kilometres southeast of the Deserta Grande Islands, the national civil protection authority said.

Madeira, an archipelago of four islands off the northwest coast of Africa, is home to just under 270,000 people and is visited by a million tourists each year.


(Reporting by Victoria Waldersee in Lisbon and Mekhla Raina in Bengaluru; Editing by Daniel Wallis)