Spain earthquake kills 8 and leaves thousands sleeping out

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PostThu May 12, 2011 11:26 am » by Arella


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Residents wait outside the city of Lorca, southern Spain

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A collapsed building in Lorca


Thousands of people have spent the night outside in the Spanish city of Lorca amid fears of further earthquakes after the country's most destructive tremors in 50 years killed eight people and injured dozens more.

People slept in cardboard boxes and tents, while hundreds of others lay on the ground with nothing more than their clothes and blankets to protect them from the cold.

As dawn broke on Thursday, queues formed for hot drinks handed out by volunteers at five make-shift camps set up in the town, in the south-west of the country.

A Murcia regional government statement said eight people, including one child, had died. A number of buildings were badly damaged and cars were crushed by debris.

A total of 167 people were treated in hospitals in the town, and three people are said to be in a serious condition.

Many railings and walls of rooftop balconies came crashing to the ground during the quakes.

Large chunks of stone and brick fell from the facade of a church as a reporter for Spanish state TV was broadcasting live from the scene. A large church bell was also among the rubble, which just missed striking the reporter.

Television images showed cars that were crushed by falling rubble, and large cracks in buildings.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero halted campaigning for upcoming regional and municipal elections to oversee an emergency committee set up to co-ordinate rescue and relief operations. He is due to visit the city along with deputy premier Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba and defence minister Carme Chacon.

This was the deadliest quake in Spain since 1956, when 12 people died and 70 were injured in a quake in the southern Granada region, according to the National Geographic Institute. Spain is hit by about 2,500 quakes a year, but only a handful are strong enough to be noticed by people.

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PostThu May 12, 2011 11:51 am » by Keniwaki


European buildings are not ideal to deal with earthquakes..
[b]FUCK GOLDMAN SUCKS and VATICAN[/b]



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