Two Strong Earthquakes Hit Spain; at Least 7 Dead

Major damage reported in southeast in city of Lorca
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2011 2:22 PM CDT
File photo of a graph measuring the magnitude of an earthquake.   (AP Photo/Shabbir Hussain Imam)

(Newser) – A pair of strong earthquakes hit southeastern Spain today, leaving at least seven people dead and causing major damage to buildings, reports the AP. The quakes measured 5.2 and 4.4 in magnitude and came within two hours of each other, with the epicenter near the town of Lorca. Old buildings were especially hard-hit, notes the BBC, which reports seeing a church bell tower crashing to the ground in local TV coverage.

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