A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has been recorded in the Mediterranean Sea, 100 miles south-east of Malaga, Spain.

At 4:22am, the earthquake struck 38.5 miles north east of the Moroccan city of Al Hociema at a depth of 20 miles according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

This quake was followed by a 5.1 magnitude tremor 12 minutes later.

In an initial assessment, the USGS said there was a low likelihood of casualties and damage'. 

In 2004  a 6.3 earthquake hit near Al Hoceima killing 631 people, CNN reports.

This latest earthquake comes a day after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck Southern Alaska where four homes were destroyed by a gas explosion.