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MADRID (AFP) - A magnitude 5.2 quake killed at least 10 people in southern Spain on Wednesday, toppling buildings into the streets and sending panicked residents fleeing.
Ten people perished, officials said, as the quake collapsed fronts of buildings in the southeastern town of Lorca and ripped huge gaps into walls, which slumped into the streets.
Witnesses reported many injuries.
A church clocktower crashed into the street and narrowly missed one television reporter as he conducted an interview in the town on Spanish public broadcaster TVE.
Television images showed shaken families and children gathering in squares and playgrounds in the town, some weeping and hugging as they sought safety. Masonry and rubble blanketed streets.
An apparently dead body lay in the street covered in a rescue blanket, television showed.
A line of parked cars lay crushed under tonnes of rubble, according to photos published in the online edition of El Mundo.
The tremor struck at 6:47 pm (1647 GMT) with a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles) and could be felt in the capital Madrid. It hit nearly two hours after a smaller 4.4-magnitude quake.
A doctor said many people had been hurt.
"I had just finished attending to a patient. We all went out into the streets and had to treat people, some with serious inuries, many unconscious, because the ambulances could not reach them. They took more than 40 minutes," the doctor, identified only as Virtudes, told the online edition of El Pais.
"They just took away a man who had a wall fall on top of him."
Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero was informed of the disaster while he was in a meeting with King Juan Carlos, the premier's office said in a statement.
The king and prime minister then spoke to the president of the affected Murcia region and Zapatero immediately ordered the deployment of emergency military units to the area.
Originally posted by -W1LL
reply to post by katndew
those are both threads on false flag attacks. this was an earthquake.
it is not Very hard to predict earthquakes you just need to look at other causes for them and observe seismically active area's.
for the last few months I have been predicting them spot on the day... 10 days before perigee, is a significant change.
Originally posted by MoorfNZ
Can someone give me a quick explanation for why USGS and say Geonet report the same quake with different depth / size - I know you guys covered it a while back but I can't find the appropriate posts!!
BTW when we look at the Moon from here its upside down (to the northern hemisphere)
This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 16:23:48 UTC
Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 09:23:48 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
0 km (~0 mile) set by location program
14 km (9 miles) SW (215°) from Hawthorne, NV
21 km (13 miles) NW (307°) from Qualeys Camp, NV
28 km (17 miles) SE (125°) from Wichman, NV
240 km (149 miles) E (93°) from Sacramento, CA
Error estimate not available
NST= 63, Nph= 63, Dmin=5.7 km, Rmss=0 sec, Gp= 58°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=7
Seismological Laboratory, University of Nevada, Reno