11 May '11, 6pm

At least four killed in Spain quake

At least four killed in Spain quake

LORCA, Spain - A magnitude 5.1 quake killed at least eight people in southern Spain on Wednesday, sending historic buildings crashing down as panicked residents fled for their lives. Eight people perished in the deadliest tremor in Spain in more than five decades, a spokeswoman for the regional government of Murcia said, revising down an earlier toll of 10 dead without explanation. The quake collapsed fronts of buildings in the southeastern town of Lorca and ripped open walls, which slumped into the streets. Witnesses reported many injuries. A church clocktower smashed to the ground and narrowly missed one television reporter as he conducted an interview in the town on Spanish public broadcaster TVE. A bronze bell lay in the rubble. Fearful residents including families with children gathered outside with blankets as night fell. About 10,000 people were evacuated from the c...

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