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Deadly earthquake hits Lorca, Murcia

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Rather sad news, Two earthquakes with magnitudes of 5.1 and 4.5 have hit the centre of the Murcian town of Lorca, killing at least ten people, after several buildings collapsed. Although minor tremors are relatively common in south-east Spain, this the first time since 1956 that so many people have ...

Murcia shark closes beaches

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Several beaches in La Manga, Murica, have been closed after bathers spotted a shark - apparantly shortfin mako shark (marrajo, Isurus oxyrinchus). This is despite calls for calm from Murcian shark experts who note that the mako is not dangerous (La Verdad). Let us hope this does not have the same lamentable ...

Interesting places in Spain

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

The new Places in Spain site is coming on. Here are the places I've done so far:

American Belted kingfisher in El Mar Menor

Friday, November 20th, 2009

It's amazing the things which turn up: an American Belted kingfisher in the Mar Menor, Murcia. It was probably brought over by storms in the Atlantic. This is the first record for Spain and Southern Europe. Spotted and photo by Antonio Jesús Hernández. More from the most excellent

Warm autumn predicted

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

The Spanish Meteorological Agency (AEMET) is predicting a warm autumn for 2009 with temperatures 1 to 1.5ºC above average, especially for the Mediterranean area. Precipitation figures are expected to be normal. In a similar vein, temperatures in August in Spain were "extremely hot", being the third highest since 1970 (2003 ...

Save the Tajo

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Environmental groups are planning a large demonstration in Talavera de la Reina on 20th June to campaign for the recovery of the longest river in Iberia, the Tajo (Tagus). Thanks to Damien Martin of the excellent Wild Spain for bringing this to my attention. He notes here: The rally...seeks to bring attention ...

Spanish seas need more protection

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

According to a new report by Oceana, if Spain is to meet the deadline in three years imposed by the United Nations to protect at least 10% of the world’s marine areas, it needs to rapidly increase the paltry 0.5% currently protected. This means protecting almost 65 km2 a day. The ...

Electric fences against wolf attacks

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Electric fences stop 97% of attacks by wolves on livestock according to this article from EFE. In an experiment in 30 sheep farms in Spain, only three attacks occurred with the death of just one sheep during a year. Mastiffs are effective, though less so, with a 69% reduction in ...

Early civilization collapse in Sierra de Baza

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

From the BBC yesterday and picked up from the iberianatureforum here One of Western Europe's earliest known urban societies may have sown the seeds of its own downfall

Dinosaurs in Aragon

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Aragonese dinosaur man Rupert Glasgow of the excellent aragosaurus has kindly sent me this news review of their recent work with dinosaurs. theropod dinosaur tooth (aragosaurus) New Lower Cretaceous Dinosaur Site Found The search for vertebrate fossils from the Lower Cretaceous of Teruel (part of a regional-government backed project) has borne fruit in ...