Earthquake hits southern Spain, eight dead

The 5.2 magnitude earthquake was felt across the Murcia region, where hundreds of British expatriate live, from Alicante to Malaga and as far away as Madrid.

The epicentre was registered in the Tercia mountain range close to the town of Lorca, where several buildings were destroyed including a medieval church bell tower. It was the worst earthquake in Spain for 50 years.

Authorities confirmed that at least ten people had died, including a child of 13 years old.

Francisco Jodar, the mayor of the town 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 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.

The local hospital was evacuated raising fears over how those injured would be treated and military units were dispatched to the earthquake zone to help in the rescue.

An earlier quake registering 4.4 on the Richter scale occurred at 5.05pm local time, and the second bigger shock of 5.2 followed at 6.47pm.


Tremors and Earthquakes increasing. All leading to the underground tremors on a global scale that all will feel and that builds to the great worldwide earthquake. Scientists will give much speculation on why they are being felt around the globe. Each new tremor will build in intensity until the final large quake occurs that rocks the earth’s foundation to its very core.