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Thursday, May 12, 2011

10 Die in Spain Earthquake

Article from Latin American Herald Tribune :

" LORCA, Spain : At least 10 people were killed and dozens more injured Wednesday when a magnitude-5.2 earthquake shook this city in southeastern Spain, causing several buildings to collapse, authorities told Efe.

The temblor took place at 6:45 p.m., a few hours after a magnitude-4.4 quake.

The fatalities include a minor, according to the chief spokesman for the Murcia regional government, Miguel Angel Perez, who said first responders are going “house to house” in search of dead and injured people.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero ordered the Spanish military’s emergency response unit, the UME, mobilized to support rescue and aid efforts, official sources told Efe.

The premier and King Juan Carlos are jointly monitoring the situation from Madrid.

Most of the damage is in Lorca, a city of 92,000 people, and the neighboring town of Totana, the Interior Ministry said.

While Spain experiences an average of 2,500 earthquakes year, only around two-dozen of the temblors are strong enough to be felt, the National Geographic Institute says.

The quake Wednesday in Lorca was Spain’s worst since 1956."

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