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Red Cross responds to Spanish earthquake

12 May 2011

People gather outside after earthquakeThe Spanish Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter and is treating injured people after two earthquakes struck southeast Spain in quick succession on 11 May, killing at least eight people.

Barry Armstrong, British Red Cross disaster response manager, said: “The epicentre of the quakes was near the town of Lorca.

“As well as setting up a shelter with 800 beds on the edge of town, the Red Cross has sent 24 ambulances and set up three field hospitals treating people at the scene.”

Dozens injured

The first quake measured 4.4 on the Richter scale, while the second was of 5.2 magnitude.

Officials report major damage to the historic town, with falling masonry from churches and other buildings causing injuries to dozens of people. Around 30 per cent of the town’s population of 90,000 chose to sleep outside for fear of aftershocks.

The Spanish government has sent hundreds of ambulances and rescue workers with dogs, and the military has deployed 225 emergency units.

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