August 22, 2017

Spain 5.3 magnitude earthquake death toll rising

Crushed cars in the Town of Lorca.

A 5.3 magnitude earthquake has struck in south-eastern Spain. The Central government minister for the area reports that at least ten people have been killed.

The US Geological Survey says the quake struck at 6:47 p.m. (local time) and was centered about 50 kilometres southwest of Murcia, near the Mediterranean coast. It is reported to be only 1 km deep. Murcia is around 350 km south-east of Madrid.

A 4.5-magnitude tremor was felt in the same area at 5.05pm just prior to the big quake.

Francisco Jodar, the mayor of the town of Lorca said, “Unfortunately people have died as a result of cave-ins and falling debris. We’re trying to find out if people have been trapped inside the collapsed houses.”

Television images showed streets in the historic medieval quarter of the town strewn with rubble and crushed cars. There were also reports that historical heritage sites as the Sanctuary of the Virgen de la Huerta and several local temples had been damaged.