Landslide in Alcañiz

An intense landslide on the hill of Pui Pinos of the city of Alcañiz took place on April 17, and shifted at least five buildings of the Round of Teruel of this town, which has caused the eviction of 33 people. Although no deaths have been reported, millions of dollars worth of property damage have resulted.

Alcañiz is a town and municipality of Teruel province in the autonomous community of Aragon, Spain. The town is located on the banks of the river Guadalope. The area is filled with huge castle structures which put lots of pressure on the slopes in the area.

The evicted neighbors have been transferred to the Hotel Guadalope. Of the 33 people evicted, 12 of them lived in houses that have collapsed and were located on a hillside, in the Round of Teruel, in the old passage of the N-232. The mayor of Alcañiz, Juan Carlos Gracia Suso, has visited the people who are in the Hotel Guadalope, where their accommodation has been arranged.

Spanish word for landslide: corrimiento de tierras

Earthquake in Navarra, Spain

This article is in Spanish, but you can easily translate it by plugging it into Google translate. Most of the facts will be obvious to an English-speaking reader without relying on outside resources, however. (Sorry, I’m a Spanish major so “El País” is a news source I use a lot!)

On March 10th of this year, a 4.4 scale earthquake hit the Autonomous Community of Navarra in Northern Spain (in the Pyrenees, bordering France). The best-known city in this area is Pamplona, where they host the famous Running of the Bulls. According to the article, there was some property damage; several people reported broken windows and other household objects. Luckily, there were no fatalities reported, and apparently no injuries. I imagine the experience was somewhat like our experience in the late-summer of 2011: extremely surprising, and disruptive in many cases to be sure, but not at all detrimental. Scary, shocking, but not devastating. I’m sure the bulls will be running just fine come summer!

Fun vocab word of the day: terremoto = earthquake. Make sure you roll the R sound!