The quake registered five point one on the Richter scale. It struck not far from the city of Ciudad Real, about one hundred sixty kilometres south of the capital Madrid. Residents in Madrid said they were woken by the quake. It was felt across the entire Iberian Peninsula in Spain and in Portugal. There were no casualties and no serious damage was reported. The quake that centred near the town of Pedro Munoz in the Castille-la-Manche region reportedly lasted about five seconds. Some local people said they felt the tremor rumbling under their feet.
The areas in Spain where the quake was reportedly felt most strongly were the centre of the country including Madrid as well as Valencia in the east and Andalucia in the south. The Spanish National Seismic network says that Spain can easily have some four thousand quakes a year registered on its machines but most of them are not felt by the population.