Thursday, May 12, 2011

Spain Earthquake, Magnitude 5.3 Quake Rocks Old City of Lorca

. Thursday, May 12, 2011

Strong earthquake rocks a town in southeastern Spain on Wednesday (05/11/2011), pulling down several homes, damaging several churches, and government buildings.

U.S. Geological Survey agencies (USGS) reported Magnitude 5.3 earthquake with a depth of 1 km, about 120 south of Alicante at 18:47 pm local time with epicenter at Tercia Mountains, near the town of Lorca, Murcia region, Spain.

Earthquake shocks can be felt up to Madrid, capital of Spain. Some areas around it, such as Alicante to Malaga, also felt the shocks.

The quake is the worst in Spain in 50 years. Reportedly, some victims were killed, including a 13-year-old child, and many injured, many buildings collapsed, including the tower of the medieval church.

Among them also including historical heritage site of the cemetery and temple. Unfortunately, some people have been killed because of buried ruins and rubble. Rescuers are still trying to find the possibility of people who are still trapped in between the buildings that collapsed. The images on television showed rescue workers have come to the streets filled with debris.

City of Lorca, which has a population of about 90,000 people, is the city of Bronze Age relics and may get its name from the Romans. The old city has decorated with a series of narrow hallway. People in the city is dependent on the agricultural sector.

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has mobilized the military to the disaster areas.

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