Newsflash on the TV says there's been an earthquake in Lorca in Southern Spain - about 100 miles from here - maybe less as the crow flies. 5.3 and up to 10 dead. A lot of buildings extensively damaged. I didn't even know there was a fault line here and no tremors felt where I am, so far.
It's just been on the news here Izzy. There have been people injured, buildings collapsing and cars crushed. They said that Lorca was in a seismically active area, on a fault line that runs under the Mediterranean, and it was the worst earthquake that Spain has experienced for 50 years.
Well, judging by the BBC link I am well inside the area that should have felt it and I never felt a thing! Hope any aftershocks are mild. It's funny, it said on the TV newsflash one person had been killed, a child, yet there are 10 according to the BBC, confirmed by the Prime Minister. I just think the TV got it wrong, and they only put the news flash out now while it all happened a few hours ago according to reports.
Thanks Marisa. I'm in a brand new house but it doesn't look to me like it would stand up well to an earthquake in all honesty. Built on a hill over three levels, the main level is second floor and it is supported by steel beams. I suppose the insurance would cover the house, but how would I get online without my laptop??? just joking...earthquakes are serious and there is a relative of Klara just lost his house. Not funny. Even worse, people's lives have been lost
I do think that we tend to forget about how seismically active the Mediterranean region is. Lisbon was completely destroyed by earthquake, fire and tsunami in 1755, Santorini is a volcanic island, and there are several active volcanoes in Italy.
I just hope that there is no further damage in the Lorca area or loss of life. Make sure you have a sturdy door frame or table to shelter under Izzy!
This is fascinating! Half of Rome shut down yesterday because a scientists from 100 years ago predicted an earthquake to happen. He said predicting earthquakes was easy because it was all to do with the alignment of the stars, moon etc and seismologists today have rubbished his claims, but he has been right on several instances this century. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne … fears.html
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