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At least three killed in an earthquake in Murcia
Efe | Lorca, Murcia | 11/05/2011
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The death toll in Lorca as a result of the second earthquake of magnitude 5,2 has shaken around 19.00 hours the Murcia Region has now reached three, as reported by official sources told Efe.
The deceased were residents of the neighborhood of Las Viñas, hardest hit by the earthquake, which this evening is part of a building collapsed.
According to some sources, it is possible that there are more fatalities, since they are two buildings that have suffered major damage to its structure.
Collapse of two buildings
Two buildings of the town of Lorca have plummeted this afternoon, at least in part, after the second earthquake recorded in the population, of 5.2 magnitude on the Richter scale.
The buildings are situated one on the street Galicia and another in the neighborhood of La Viña, according to eyewitnesses, is unknown until the extent of the damage.
A spokesman for the municipal corporation Efe reported that the council has been evicted and that the tower of the Church of Santiago "was opened in half and had to be cordoned off."
Lorca neighbors have told Efe that the situation now is "panic" that thousands of people are on the street not knowing what to do or where to go and that the shaking has surprised everyone in the middle of the routine.
"The streets are crowded, we do not know where to go and there is a crisis of nerves', explained to EFE from Lorca, who at 17.05 hours has been a first tremor of 4.4 degrees, depending on the final rates, and the 18.47 hours, this second, 5.2.
Several provinces have felt the earthquake
The first tremor, which occurred just after 17 hours, could be felt in much of the Region of Murcia, in particular, in Cartagena, Aguilas, Murcia, Mazarrón and even in Albacete. However, the epicenter of the earthquake was recorded four miles east of Lorca, and it is this population which have been worst affected by the earthquake.
The tremors were felt in several provinces Andalusian and Castilian-La Mancha and even into the Community of Madrid. The Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has ordered the mobilization of the Emergency Military Unit (UME) to the earthquake in Lorca, which has caused three deaths.
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