Local News News Major Earthquake Drill in November Posted on 07/09/2018 2 min read Torrevieja has once again been selected as the location for an emergency simulation, where a major earthquake will hit the area on November 14, 2018. The market compound will become the central point for the emergency coordination, where the police, emergency services and military staff will converge before enacting the rescue and evacuation drills required as part of the simulation. Municipal buildings, including schools, will all take part in the simulation, with pupils being taught the correct way to act should a real earthquake ever hit the area again. Much of Torrevieja was destroyed by a major earthquake in 1829, with many residents losing their lives. A similar evacuation exercise was held in the area recently, and although this simulation may be quite close to the last one, experts do say that there is no cause for alarm, it is however important for the emergency services to be able to deal with situations by means of training exercise like this. This simulation will be based on an earthquake with enough intensity to collapse buildings, damaging basic services such as sewage, telephony and electricity, causing a total failure of telecommunications. You will be able to follow the progress of the simulation through its own social media hashtag, #gransimulacro2018, which will become active on the day of the drill, November 14, and will have updates prior to the launch, once further meetings have been held.