Residents fear further Spanish quakes

Tens of thousands of people fearing aftershocks from Spain's deadliest earthquakes in 55 years woke up outdoors yesterday after fleeing their homes following a pair of successive temblors that killed at least nine people.

Some slept in cars, others fashioned shelters from cardboard boxes in the small south-eastern city of Lorca.

Wednesday's relatively light quakes of 4.4 and 5.2 sent brick building facades and parts of terraces plunging into the streets.