Saturday, 14 May 2011

Spain Gempa

Spain Earthquake Pictures
Buildings Fall, Dozens Hurt

Spain Earthquakes' Human Toll

Photograph by Israel Sanchez, European Pressphoto Agency

Amid the rubble of two earthquakes in Spain Wednesday, a police officer (right) tries to console the daughter (center) of one of at least ten people killed during the natural disaster. Striking near the southeastern town of Lorca (map), the Spain earthquakes injured dozens, damaged historic buildings, and fractured highways, according to officials cited by the Associated Press.

The second, more powerful earthquake was a magnitude 5.3 temblor that struck at 6:47 p.m. local time, U.S. National Earthquake Information Center seismologist John Bellini told the AP. It came roughly two hours after a magnitude 4.5 quake rocked the town of 91,000. Both earthquakes originated from the same approximately six-mile-deep (ten-kilometer-deep) spot outside Lorca.

Situated near the boundary of the African and Eurasian tectonic plates, the Lorca area is no stranger to earthquakes, though most are too faint to detect without seismological tools, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. [Published May 11, 2011]

Bell Tower Toppled by Quake

Photograph by Juan Francisco Moreno, European Pressphoto Agency

A fallen bell tower lies at the foot of a church in Lorca after two earthquakes rocked the town in southeastern Spain Wednesday.

Schoolchildren frequent the church square in the early evening, and if the second earthquake had struck ten minutes later, the collapsed tower could have caused a "tragedy," according to a Spanish TV broadcaster who was on the scene, cited by the Associated Press. [Published May 11, 2011]

(Related: "Japan Earthquake Shortened Days, Increased Earth's Wobble.")

Earthquake Victim

Photograph by Israel Sanchez, European Pressphoto Agency

A blanket-covered body lies in the San Diego district of Lorca, Spain, after Wednesday's earthquakes. Throughout the town, falling bricks and other building parts injured dozens, and at least ten people have been killed. [Published May 11, 2011]

(See pictures of the 2010 Chile earthquake aftermath.)

Crushing Collapse

Photograph by Jorge Guerrero, AFP/Getty Images

Cars sit crushed beneath a flattened building in Lorca, Spain, after Wednesday's earthquakes. Elsewhere in the city, a collapsed car tunnel trapped drivers, while cracks shot through roads and overpasses, according to the Spanish daily El Pais, cited by MSNBC. [Published May 11, 2011]

(See 20 unforgettable pictures from the March Japan earthquake and tsunami.)

Earthquake Evacuees

Photograph by Jorge Guerrero, AFP/Getty Images

Lorca residents seek the security of the open air outside the town after two earthquakes sent buildings crumbling late Wednesday.

"The population is scared and are very afraid to return to their homes," a regional official told national radio, according to MSNBC. "There are thousands of very disorientated people." [Published May 11, 2011]

(Read about the science of earthquake prediction in National Geographic magazine.)

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