The earthquake in Spain that occurred on 11 May 2011 appears to be the latest in a series of earthquakes occuring along the Alhama de Murcia fault, a prominent oblique fault that runs from south-west to north-east for over 100 km through Murcia province.
More about Lorca south-east Spain earthquake.
Discovering Geology is a new and exciting updated version of the BGS Popular Geology section of our website.The new design will hopefully inspire and encourage children and adults alike to get interested in and involved with geology. As well as refreshing and restructuring all our existing content, we have new features, which include:
3D models help us visualise the ground beneath our feet without the need for interpretation of traditional geological maps. We are developing 3D models at range of scales to meet the needs of our users at various resolutions and in a range of formats.
3D research and development | GSI3D software tool
The BGS uses GSI3D, a software tool developed in house, as well as commercial applications such as Gocad and Petrel. GSI3D is now available on general release as part of the GSI3D Research Consortium.
This work follows on from the South Atlantic 2010 trip to establish the infrastructure needed for the observatory.
Twenty-nine geologists from Nottingham were caught up in the 6.3 Mw earthquake of 21 February 2011 while on a geotour holiday of New Zealand.
BGS geologist Dave Wilson recounts his story of one of New Zealand's most devastating earthquakes.More about Dave's earthquake story.
Latest reports indicate that at least 65 people have been killed and many are still trapped under rubble as a result of buildings collapsing during the earthquake. Many of those killed are as a result of debris falling and crushing the occupants of two buses in Christchurch.
This latest shock is much closer to the main population centre of Christchurch than the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that occurred on 3 September 2010 earthquake and caused significant damage.