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Earthquake Ballabona 15th January 2019

There was another little earthquake at 10:57 Spain time (09:57 UTC) which is shown on the map below. Very close to the Ballabona Hotel/Restaurant on the E15 motorway.

Local residents described it as the biggest bang they had heard ever in Almería, although it was only recorded at 2.4.

It does seem that the fault lines are becoming a little more active recently, though these minor tremors can be alarming, they are not dangerous.

Population changes in Almería

This article shows how population has changed in the last year for every municipality in Almería province:

Some examples are:
Albox up from 11,144 to 11,481 (+337)
Arboleas down from 4,538 to 4,463 (-75)
Cantoria down from 3,371 to 3,251 (-120)
Partaloa up from 915 to 975 (+60)
Oria up from 2,230 to 2,265 (+35)
Almería up from 194,515 to 195,389 (+874)
Zurgena down from 2,939 to 2,877 (-62)

Gota fria storms and floods, Almeria – December 2016

The recent storms on the weekend of 17th – 18th December 2016, were a late gota fria which are usually a phenomena in Spain  in September or October.
Here are some videos from around the region, (Almería, Murcia, Alicante) showing some of the effects.

Tragically, an old man washed away and drowned in Alicante.

Rio Almanzora at Arboleas, normally a dry river bed!

Earthquake between Albox and Arboleas


At 19:55 and 28 seconds local time on Thursday 29th October 2015, there was a brief but noisy earthquake which happened between Albox and Arboleas.
This image is courtesy of the IGN website:
IGN earthquake
Friends in a Spanish class in Albox reported a very loud bang and the whole building shook, although only for a second or two.
Fortunately, no damage or injuries were reported. It measured 3.1 or 3.2  in magnitude.

“The Albox News” (1998)

“The Albox News”

We are currently having a sort out at our house and came across a pile of copies of the “Albox News”. It was a publication started in the Autumn of 1998 and I thought I would share the first edition with you, or at least page 1…

It was published by ex-pats in the “International Office” in Albox which was in a building at the top of Av. Pio XII (opposite “Bar Gloria”). That building was later demolished, a sports shop and block of flats stands in that place.

So, here is the front page of edition #1 of the
Albox News – from October 1998.
You can click on the image and it should be large enough to read.

Albox News Oct1998

 By 2000 the publication morphed into the
“Almanzora Valley Neighbours Association Newsletter”

Old buildings demolished in Arboleas

Demolitions in Arboleas – 24th September 2014

This afternoon I was on my way home when I noticed a building being demolished at the end of the old bridge in Arboleas.

This one used to be a summer ice cream shop, around the turn of the century.
I grabbed a quick video:

We don’t mind seeing these types of demolitions! The house was pretty much worn out and can make room for progress in the village.

Arboleas junction opened

New pictures of Arboleas junction, which is now open, with some minor work needed to complete the industrial estate
(South side) exit.
This shows the huge amount of earth which now has to be excavated to open up the Arboleas to Albox section

Cars leaving the autovia towards AlboxEnd_Albox_Roundabout
The end of the Albox to Arboleas road now has this roundaboutExit_to_Poligono_South
This is the exit to the industrial estate
(South side) which needs completionLarge_Roundabout_view
Lorries waiting to be loaded with earth

General view of large roundabout bridge
The industrial estate roundabout
The old road between the La Perla turn-off
and industrial estate has been destroyed
View towards BonacheraPoligono_traffic
Cars using the new roundabout
Waiting for the big dig
View from near Mora Oil
The new motorway to be surfaced
Westbound exit from unfinished autovia
Pictures copyright by John Palfrey

Arboleas Autovia Junction progress – photos

It is very good to see that the steel barriers and tarmac have made progress over recent weeks, and that it now looks as if the new roundabouts and slip road will be brought into use.

This will dispense with the need for hundreds of cones and barriers which have been in place for more than 4 years, since work stopped.


This will also mean that approaching Arboleas on the autovia (A334) will be much better, although the dual carriageway will effectively end at that point.

To complete the section from near Albox ITV station to Arboleas  involves cutting out a large amount of earth,  as stated in my previous post, which will now be possible as the temporary road from Venta Mateo to the industrial estate can be removed.

Working on the steel barriers must be an unpleasant job in this heat, however, it is good to see that this project is being completed, as it employs people who might otherwise have no work.
Spain’s unemployment has been over 5 million, but is reducing as the crisis appears to slowly abate.Arboleas_Junction_2_10Aug2014
A general view of the two bridges carrying the large roundabout over the dual carriageway at Arboleas junction.