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The Torrevieja earthquake of 1829 was a violent seismic movement that took place in different locations in the province of Alicante, on March 21, 1829 and, although the most affected city was Almoradi, is known as Torrevieja earthquake for being this town the largest of those who suffered its effects.
At 18.15 hours on 21 March 1829 there was an earthquake of 6.6 º on the scale of earthquakes of the time, with epicenter in the nuclei of Benejúzar, Rojales and Torrevieja, caused 389 deaths, 377 injured, 2965 homes completely destroyed and 2396 damaged, the destruction of the bridges over the Segura river in Almoradí, Benejúzar, Dolores and Guardamar, which extended its most serious effects, in addition to the populations mentioned in its epicentre, to Almoradí, Algorfa, Rafal, Torrelamata, Daya Vieja, Guardamar, Dolores, Redován, San Fulgencio and San Miguel de Salinas. Half of the dead were in Almoradi to be the population that had narrower streets and taller buildings that collapsed on top of each other.
The Gazette of Madrid of March 31, 1829, ten days after the terrible event, published the news along with a first balance of the damages caused:
"Torrevieja. In this town has not remained standing any house, and have perished several people, whose number, which can not be known yet, include the priest and his parents. The inhabitants owed much to the generous humanity of the captains of foreign ships that were on that beach to the load of salt, who seeing from their board the devastation of the unhappy people, sent at the time to land their boats with food and victuals, and in the same boats were saved some inhabitants.