Earthquake hits southern Spain, eight dead

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
By Paul Martin

At least eight people were reported dead and dozens injured after an earthquake shook southeastern Spain on Wednesday, toppling historic buildings in the medieval town of Lorca.

By Fiona Govan and Barney Henderson
11 May 2011

The 5.2 magnitude earthquake was felt across the Murcia region, where hundreds of British expatriate live, from Alicante to Malaga and as far away as Madrid.
The epicentre was registered in the Tercia mountain range close to the town of Lorca, where several buildings were destroyed including a medieval church bell tower. It was the worst earthquake in Spain for 50 years.
Authorities confirmed that at least ten people had died, including a child of 13 years old.
Francisco Jodar, the mayor of the town said: “Unfortunately people have died as a result of cave-ins and falling debris. We’re trying to find out if people have been trapped inside the collapsed houses.”

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