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The quake struck at 5:16 pm local time.
The quake struck at 5:16 pm local time.
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Magnitude 5.4 earthquake rocks central Spain

There are no reports of any injuries.
Feb 23rd 2015, 6:47 PM 32,448 15

A 5.4-MAGNITUDE earthquake jolted Madrid and central Spain today.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The quake struck at 5:16 pm (16.16pm GMT) with its epicentre at Ossa de Montiel near Albacete, about 135 miles southeast of Madrid, Spain’s National Geographic Institute said.

Its depth was given as 8 miles.

Fire fighters in Albacete received several calls for information but not to intervene, a local fire fighter service spokesman said.

The last deadly earthquake in Spain occurred on May 11, 2011 when a 5.1-magnitude quake killed nine people and wounded at least 100 in the southeastern city of Lorca.

That quake, which struck at a depth of 10 kilometres, damaged some 20,000 buildings including many from the 16th and 17th centuries.

It was the deadliest earthquake in Spain since 19 April, 1956, when a tremor wrecked buildings and left 11 people dead in Albolote, a town in the southern Spanish province of Granada.

© – AFP 2015

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