Two earthquakes struck southeast Spain in quick succession today, killing at least seven people, injuring dozens and causing major damage to buildings, officials said.

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The epicentre of the quakes - with magnitudes of 4.4 and 5.2 - was close to the town of Lorca, and the second came about two hours after the first, an official with the Murcia regional government said on condition of anonymity in line with department policy.

The prime minister's office put the death toll at seven but did not say how many people were injured, although news reports said there were many.
 At least six people have been killed in an earthquake in southern Spain, with damage
Several buildings were destroyed by the pair of earthquakes in Lorca, with the aftermath
The Murcia regional government said a hospital in Lorca was being evacuated, dozens of injured people were being treated at the scene and a field hospital was being set up. It said the seven deaths included a minor and occurred with the second, stronger quake.
Large chunks of stone and brick fell from the facade of a church in Lorca as Spanish state TV was broadcasting live from the scene. A large church bell was also among the rubble.
The broadcaster reported that schoolchildren usually gather at that spot around that time, and if it had happened 10 minutes later, a 'tragedy' could have occurred.