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Last Updated: Thursday May 12 2011 12:53 GMT

PICTURES: Major earthquake hits Lorca in Spain

Earthquake in Lorca, Spain

People in the Spanish town of Lorca are finding out what damage has been done after a major earthquake hit the area on Wednesday evening.

Earthquake in Lorca, Spain

At least eight people were killed and the quake sent buildings toppling over, causing injuries. The magnitude-5.2 tremor hit about two hours after a smaller quake measuring 4.4.

Earthquake in Lorca, Spain

About 20,000 buildings are believed to have been damaged in what was Spain's worst earthquake for 50 years.

Earthquake in Lorca, Spain

Thousands of people were forced to sleep outdoors - some in an outdoor basketball court and others used children's playgrounds.

Earthquake in Lorca, Spain

Hundreds of military workers are now in the town, searching the rubble for victims and survivors. They are also beginning the clean-up and checking which buildings are safe.

Earthquake in Lorca, Spain

The military is also setting up tents for people whose homes have been destroyed. Spain has lots of little earthquakes, but none are usually as big as these ones.