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Thu 12 May 2011 01:36 PM

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At least 10 dead in Spain's 5.3 magnitude quake

Earthquake rocks ancient town of Lorca in southeastern Spain, collapsing homes and damaging churches

At least 10 dead in Spain's 5.3 magnitude quake
View of cars crashed by debris from a collapsed building in Lorca, southern Spain, on May 11, 2011 after a magnitude 5.2 quake killed at least 10 people, toppling buildings into the streets and sending panicked residents fleeing (AFP/Getty Images)
At least 10 dead in Spain's 5.3 magnitude quake
Residents wait outside the city of Lorca, southern Spain, on May 11, 2011. Ten people perished, officials said, as the quake collapsed fronts of buildings and ripped huge gaps into walls, which slumped into the streets (AFP/Getty Images)
At least 10 dead in Spain's 5.3 magnitude quake
Firemen check a building in Lorca after a magnitude 5.2 quake killed at least 10 people. The 5.3 magnitude earthquake sent tremors through the popular tourist region of Murcia (AFP/Getty Images)
At least 10 dead in Spain's 5.3 magnitude quake
Television images showed shaken families and children gathering in a square in the town, seeking safety from fallen buildings as masonry and rubble blanketed the streets (AFP/Getty Images)
At least 10 dead in Spain's 5.3 magnitude quake
The earthquake struck at 6:47 pm local time, according to Spain's National Geographical Institute data (AFP/Getty Images)
At least 10 dead in Spain's 5.3 magnitude quake
The US Geological Survey said the epicenter was 1 km below the ground. (AFP/Getty Images)
At least 10 dead in Spain's 5.3 magnitude quake
A milder quake of 4.5 magnitude had hit the town, which is dependent on farming, shortly beforehand (AFP/Getty Images)
At least 10 dead in Spain's 5.3 magnitude quake
People wait in the streets of Lorca, southern Spain. The government mobilised a military task force of 200 servicemen and women to help secure the area, where an estimated 10,000 people have been affected by the quake (AFP/Getty Images)
At least 10 dead in Spain's 5.3 magnitude quake
People walk with suitcases in the streets of Lorca. Lorca, which has a population of about 90,000 people, dates back to the Bronze Age and probably gained its name from the Romans. The old part of the town is made up of a network of narrow alleyways (AFP/Getty Images)