English report on the Mw5.1 Lorca earthquake out now

The preliminary report on the Lorca Mw5.1 earthquake from 11 May 2011 is now also available in English! The quake caused a lot of damages to building despite the relatively low magnitude. One building collapsed and nine people died. The report summarized the geological background, environmental earthquake effects and damaged infrastructure. Interesting is the preferred orientation of the building damage, possibly indicating the direction of the seismic shock.

The report was created by the Instituto Geológico y Minero de España (IGME), Spanish Group of Tectónica Activa, Paleosismicidad y Riesgos Asociados de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid  (UCM), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid (URJC). Authors: José Jesús Martínez Díaz; Miguel Ángel Rodríguez-Pascua; Raúl Pérez López; Julián García Mayordomo; Jorge Luis Giner Robles; Fidel Martín-González; Martín Rodríguez Peces; Jose Antonio Álvarez Gómez; Juan Miguel Insua Arévalo.

Download the English report here (PDF, 7MB).

(Spanish report is available here.)

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Christoph Grützner

Christoph Grützner

works at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Jena University. He likes Central Asia and the Mediterranean and looks for ancient earthquakes.

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