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Earthquakes Rock Spain, Kills 10

Earthquake in Murcia, Spain. May 11, 2011
Earthquake in Murcia, Spain. May 11, 2011

Two earthquakes have rocked southern Spain, killing at least 10 people and injuring others.  

The quakes hit Wednesday early evening in the popular tourist region of Murcia, including the ancient town of Lorca.  The tremors caused houses to collapse and damaged historic churches and buildings.

The U.S Geological Survey said the epicenter of the stronger 5.1-magnitude quake was one kilometer below the ground.  A milder quake of 4.4 magnitude had hit the area shortly before.

Television images showed frightened people in the streets of Lorca, strewn with rubble and crushed cars.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero ordered the emergency military units to the region to help with rescue efforts.

Lorca, a town of about 90,000 dates back thousands of years and has an old town centre with narrow streets.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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