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Spanish Earthquake Blamed On Groundwater Extraction
2012-10-22 10:52:21

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The May 2011 earthquake that struck near the Spanish town of Lorca and killed nine people could have been exacerbated by groundwater extraction, according to a new study from a team led by University of Western Ontario researchers. The 5.1-magnitude quake that occurred along the relatively shallow Alhama de Murcia Fault struck just 1.2 miles northeast of Lorca, caused millions of dollars in damage, and left thousands homeless,...

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2011-05-12 11:40:00

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake in Lorca, Spain has killed eight people and left many more injured. A magnitude five earthquake occurs somewhere in the world about three times a day, but Spain's buildings are not generally constructed to protect against quakes. The Murcia region is the most seismically active in Spain, and some of the medieval buildings were badly damaged during the 5.2 earthquake. This event occurred at just six miles below the Earth's surface. Roger Musson from the British...


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