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Spain Mourns Quake Victims

Spanish Prince Felipe, left consoles family members of the victims of the earthquake in Lorca, Spain, May 13, 2011
Spanish Prince Felipe, left consoles family members of the victims of the earthquake in Lorca, Spain, May 13, 2011

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The Spanish city of Lorca is preparing to bury the victims of this week's earthquake.  

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero and Crown Prince Felipe with wife Letizia are expected to attend the Friday funeral services for the nine victims of the 5.1 magnitude quake that rocked the southeastern city.  

The quake, preceded by a 4.4-magnitude tremor, hit the city late Wednesday, causing buildings to collapse.

Lorca, with more than 90,000 inhabitants, dates back thousands of years and has an old center with narrow streets.

Thousands of people were forced to spend Wednesday and Thursday nights outside their homes or left the city for fear of aftershocks.

The Spanish army and aid workers set up tent camps in city parks and distributed blankets, food and water.  The city is littered with rubble and crushed cars.

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