According to the Instituto Português do Mar e of Atmosphere (IPMA), the earthquake, recorded at 11:17 at the Continente Seismic Network stations, had its epicentre around 50 kilometres south of Olhão, in the district of Faro.

“This earthquake, according to the information available to date, did not cause any personal or material damage and was felt with maximum intensity III/IV (modified Mercalli scale) in the municipalities of Faro, Loulé and Olhão”, reads the note.

During the early hours of the morning, at 01:49, another earthquake occurred in the same area of the Algarve, with a magnitude of 3.9 on the Richter scale and an epicentre located 98 kilometres south-southwest of Faro.

According to the institute, this shock “was felt with maximum intensity III (modified Mercalli scale) in the Albufeira region”.