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Lorca and Mazarrón hit by two earthquakes and El Hierro suffers 48
thinkSPAIN , Sunday, September 25, 2011

TWO earthquakes hit the Lorca and Mazarrón area last night, just four-and-a-half months after the disaster that reduced the former to rubble and claimed the lives of a pregnant woman and an 11-year-old boy, among others.

Whilst many thousands are still waiting for the Spanish government's insurance compensation consortium to settle their claims for damage – or in some cases, total destruction – of their homes, they feared a repeat performance when the ground began to shake this time around.

But the national geographic institute said that in spite of the hundred or so calls to emergency services, the two quakes measured only 2.6 and 3.1 on the Richter scale and caused no known property damage or injuries.

In fact, given that it took place at 04.40hrs when most people were asleep, the majority, luckily, did not feel a thing.

Further south, however, in the Canaries, residents in El Hierro are beginning to panic now that the island has been hit by 48 earthquakes in just two days.

However, authorities in the island's capital, Valverde, have called for calm amongst the population, saying that the situation is being monitored by 'the best experts'.

They do not believe that the area is at risk of suffering a quake which could put lives or property in danger.

So far the tremors have reached between 1.5 and 2.4 on the Richter scale, meaning that the majority go unnoticed.

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