• Short Summary

    GREEK TROOPS ARE SPEARHEADING A MAMMOTH RESCUE AND RELIEF OPERATION FOLLOWING YESTERDAY'S (MONDAY) EARTHQUAKE WHICH DEVASTATED THREE PROVINCE OF SOUTHERN GREECE.

  • Description

    GREEK TROOPS ARE SPEARHEADING A MAMMOTH RESCUE AND RELIEF OPERATION FOLLOWING YESTERDAY'S (MONDAY) EARTHQUAKE WHICH DEVASTATED THREE PROVINCE OF SOUTHERN GREECE.WORST AFFECTED AREAS WERE THE PROVINCES ILIA, MESSINIA AND ARKADHIA WHERE 17 PEOPLE WERE REPORTED DEAD, 200 INJURED AND BETWEEN 15,000 AND 20,000 MADE HOMELESS.

    DAMAGE WAS EXTENSIVE OVER AN AREA OF SEVERAL HUNDRED SQUARE MILES, WITH THE CENTRE OF THE TREMOR PLACED AT MEGALOPOLIS, IN THE WESTERN PELOPONNESE.ACCORDING TO ATHENS OBSERVATORY THE TREMOR REGISTERED A FORCE OF 6.2 ON THE RICHTER SCALE OF 8.

    THE GOVERNMENT CALLED FOR AID FROM THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES AND FOREIGN RELIEF AGENCIES, AND AT THE SAME TIME DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THE THREE AFFECTED PROVINCES.THE FIRST RESPONSE CAME FROM AMERICA, WHEN THREE U.S.AIR FORCE TRUCKS MOVED INTO THE EARTHQUAKE AREA WITH 1,500 RELIEF PACKAGES.

    AS THE EARTHQUAKE STRUCK, PANIC SWEPT THE TOWNS OF PATRAS, AGRINION AND MISSOLONGHI, ALL OF WHICH WERE DAMAGED BY AN EARTHQUAKE LAST WEDNESDAY.BUT THE WORST-HIT COMMUNITY YESTERDAY WAS MEGALOPOLIS, WHERE AN ESTIMATED 95 PER CENT OF THE BUILDINGS WERE REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN DESTROYED.

    REPORTS FROM LOCAL AUTHORITIES IN THREE PROVINCES SAID THAT MORE THAN 1,100 HOUSES HAD BEEN DESTROYED, ABOUT 3,500 HAD BEEN MADE UNINHABITABLE AND ANOTHER 5,000 HAD CRACKED WALLS.IN ADDITION, THREE CHURCHES AND ONE SCHOOL COLLAPSED.

    KING CONSTANTINE AND QUEEN FREDERIKA, THE QUEEN MOTHER, YESTERDAY FLEW OVER THE STRICKEN AREA BY HELICOPTER.

    (YESTERDAY'S EARTHQUAKE WAS THE THIRD TO SHAKE GREECE IN THE PAST FOUR WEEKS.ON MARCH 9 AND 10, ONE THOUSAND PEOPLE WERE MADE HOMELESS ON THE ISLAND OF ALONISSOS NI THE SPORADES, AND ON MARCH 31 TWO PEOPLE WERE KILLED BY TREMORS CENTRED ON THE GULF OF CORINTH.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1Y12X93EE1TMHS47M3QAGOUFG
    Media URN:
    VLVA1Y12X93EE1TMHS47M3QAGOUFG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/04/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment