View Full Version : Deadly shallow earthquake rocks Southern Spain

11-05-11, 06:57 PM

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has killed dozens of people and toppled several buildings in southern Spain, near the town of Lorca, killing at least four people, officials say.

The quake struck at a depth of just 1km (0.6 miles), some 120km south-west of Alicante, at 1850 (1650 GMT), the US Geological Survey reported.

TV shots showed rescue workers rushing through debris-littered streets.
Lorca Mayor Francisco Jodar told local radio the four deaths were caused by falling debris and cave-ins.

Old buildings, including a clocktower, were badly damaged by the quake, which followed a smaller 4.4-magnitude quake about two hours earlier.

Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has deployed emergency military units to the scene, the Spanish EFE news agency reported.