Residents of Salonica in Greece are beginning to return home after fleeing an earthquake which rocked the city last Tuesday (20 June).
Residents of Salonica in Greece are beginning to return home after fleeing an earthquake which rocked the city last Tuesday (20 June). As estimated half million of Salonica's population of 700,000 raced out of the city when aftershock followed the main quake which measured 6.5 on the Richter Scale. Now they are venturing back to inspect their homes and to collect belongings while each day the city comes closed to a return to normal life.
SYNOPSIS: At least 42 people died when this eight-storey block of flats collapsed and police fear there are still more bodied to be found in the rubble. About 50 families lived here and, according to eyewitnesses, the 22-year-old bl???ck crumbled "like a pack of cards" during the earthquake. It was the only building to collapse in this fashion and the city authorities are now investigating the cause.
Almost all the Salonicans who remained in the city have been sleeping out, for fear of further tremors which could bring more buildings tumbling down. Troops have set up relief stations in parks and squares to provide food and medical supplies but shops are now starting to reopen to sell essential goods. Local authorities say that most of those who fled the city are staying with friends and relatives in Athens and nearby towns. The influx of refugees has reportedly created a business b???m. Shops outside Salonica are doing brisk business and all hotels are full. But the signs are that many are now feeling ready to risk returning home.