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Mourning In Spain

  • May 14th, 2011
  • Posted by EUEditor

spain-earthquake.jpgThousands have attended a memorial service (13.5.11) for victims of the two earthquake strikes at Lorca in South-eastern Spain.

The country was burying a national hero of sport, the golfer Seve Ballesteros, on the day the earthquakes hit – Wednesday, 11.5.11.


In  Lorca, near Alicante, nine people were killed by an earthquake measured at 5.1 on the Richter scale, coming a few hours after an earlier one, at 4.4.

An estimated 20000 buildings were destroyed or damaged, including some of great architectural or historical value from the 16th and 17th Centuries.

Authorities have been working to find shelter for the thousands of homeless survivors.


In Pedrena, a small fishing port on the Northern coast of Spain, a local church was packed with 400 mourners for Seve Ballesteros, who died at 54 from the effects of a brain tumor.

He had been a sensational player of the 1970s and 1980s, winning 87 professional tournaments, including three Opens and two Masters – one of the cadre of golfers who built up the high profile of the game to its present prominence and strength.

His form fell away in recent times, before retirement from competition in 2007.


Deutsche Welle
, Bonn, “Spain holds funeral Mass for Lorca”, 13.5.11.,,15073309,00.htmlearthquake victims, (13.5.11).

BBC News, London, “Grieving Spain mourns Lorca earthquake victims”, 13.5.11., (13.5.11).

AP, NY, “Golfers, family gather for Ballesteros funeral”, 11.5.11.,(13.5.11).