Spain suffers major earthquake – 4 dead, buildings damaged

[Natural Disasters Contributor, Josh Winters]

US Geological Survey reports that a total of 12 earthquakes at magnitude 5+ struck the world today with  Spain suffering an M5.3 event which killed 4 people and damaged many buildings in Lorca in the south. The earthquake was at a depth of a mere 1km and around 120km south-west of Alicante. It happened at around 5PM GMT.  Whilst earthquakes trouble Spain, they do not normally cause casualties and such damage.

In the meantime, the Honshu region of Japan, home of the Fukushima Prefecture, a M5.6 earthquake struck early today. No damage, or tsunami warning has been reported.

Here are a list of the other M5+ level earthquakes striking the earth today (data from the US Geological Survey):-

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  5.3   2011/05/11 16:47:26   37.697   -1.556 1.0  SPAIN
MAP  5.0   2011/05/11 15:59:11  -17.331  -172.676 29.6  TONGA REGION
MAP  5.0   2011/05/11 15:21:26   -6.544   147.806 47.7  EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP  5.0   2011/05/11 10:39:39  -20.395   168.330 37.2  LOYALTY ISLANDS
MAP  5.1   2011/05/11 10:32:26  -20.399   168.410 44.9  LOYALTY ISLANDS
MAP  5.1   2011/05/11 09:21:37  -20.348   168.345 38.7  LOYALTY ISLANDS
MAP  5.2   2011/05/11 09:16:26  -20.294   168.267 37.9  LOYALTY ISLANDS
MAP  5.7   2011/05/11 08:19:39  -20.392   168.320 45.6  LOYALTY ISLANDS
MAP  5.1   2011/05/11 07:54:31   1.518   127.239 99.2  HALMAHERA, INDONESIA
MAP  5.3   2011/05/11 06:11:28  -36.385  -179.565 42.6  EAST OF THE NORTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND
MAP  5.0   2011/05/11 01:28:08   6.067   126.002 104.8  MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES
MAP  5.6   2011/05/11 01:20:08   37.811   143.561 25.1  OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
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