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Chaos and casualties as quake hits southern Spain

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Chaos and casualties as quake hits southern Spain


At least eight people have been killed following an earthquake in the small Spanish town of Lorca. Speaking on local radio, the town’s mayor said the casualties were caused by cave-ins and falling debris.

The 5.3 magnitude quake happened at a depth of only one kilometre around five o’clock in the evening.

Lorca is in the southern Spanish region of Murcia. The area had experienced a smaller quake measuring 4.4 just two hours earlier.

Earthquakes are quite common in the south of Spain. However, it is very rare for anyone to die. Authorities fear the number of dead may rise as the region continues to be rocked by aftershocks. The most recent earthquakes of note in the area happened in 1999 and 2005 where the magnitudes were 4.8 and 4.7 respectively.

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