Earthquake In Spain
May 11, 2011 by staff
The epicenter was in short Tercia Mountain in the town of Lorca, where several buildings were destroyed as a bell tower of the medieval church.
The authorities confirmed that at least ten people were killed, including a 13 years old.
Francisco Jodar, the mayor of the city, said: “Unfortunately, people have died as a result of landslides and falling debris We are trying to find out if people are trapped in collapsed houses.”
Television footage showed the streets in the historic center of the city littered with debris and crushed cars. It was also reported that sites of historic heritage as the Sanctuary of the Virgen de la Huerta and several local temples were damaged.
The local hospital was evacuated raising fears about how the wounded would be treated and military units were dispatched to the quake zone to assist in the rescue.
A previous record of 4.4 earthquakes on the Richter scale occurred at 17:05 local time, and the second biggest shock of 5.3 followed at 18:47.
Residents in the city, which has a population of about 90,000, described the terrifying moments when the quake struck.
“There was a tremendous roar and the church was divided in half,” said Catherine Lopez, the Spanish state television.
A neighbor said most people had fled their homes before the second biggest earthquake struck.
“I felt a movement of such force and such a noise, who broke all the furniture around. It was terrible,” said Juani Avellaneda.
“Everyone ran into the street and then when we were thinking it was safe to return to our homes, the shaking started again,” he said.
Lorca goes back to the Bronze Age and is believed to have earned its name from the Romans. The old part of the city consists of a network of narrow streets.
Spain is a moderate risk of earthquakes. On average every 200 years an earthquake of more than six on the Richter scale occurs. In 2007 an earthquake of 6.3 magnitudes shook the region of Cabo de Sao Vicente in Portugal’s southern coast, no reports of damage or casualties.
The largest earthquake that struck Europe in recent years occurred in April 2009 when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck L’Aquila in central Italy, killing more than 300 people.
One in five people of Rome did not go to work and many children were kept off school on Wednesday following the 1915 prediction Bendani Raffaele, a seismologist, that “great” to strike on May 11, 2011.
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