In the Greek city of Salonica, troops have begun searching through the rubble of multi-storey apartment buildings for survivors of an earthquake on Tuesday (20 June) night which killed at least 14 people and injured more than 300.
GV Traffic PAN TO castle in Salonica
MV Soldiers standing in street with wrecked buildings in back-ground
GV PAN Troops and civilians clearing debris from wrecked building
MV Man carrying child PAN TO castle ruins
MVs Families eating and sleeping in park area (3 shots)
GV PAN Collapsed building
MVs Women seated at roadside with blankets
GV Man shaving in van wing mirror
GV PAN Families seated in park
GV & MV Child and man sleeping on ground (3 shots)
GV Troops using earthmover to clear rubble
MV PAN Rubble
MV Police using earth-mover as policeman sprays liquid
MV PAN Recovered property
The earthquake was not the largest to hit Greece this century. In 1953, a major tremor in the Ionian Islands killed 455 people and injured nearly 1,000.
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Background: In the Greek city of Salonica, troops have begun searching through the rubble of multi-storey apartment buildings for survivors of an earthquake on Tuesday (20 June) night which killed at least 14 people and injured more than 300. The quake was the strongest in a series of shocks which have hit northern Greece and surrounding areas in the past month.
SYNOPSIS: Within hours of the tremor, the Greek government had set troops in to help local authorities search through the rubble for the dead and injured. Eye-witnesses said one eight storey apartment building collapsed like a house of cards. 50 families, about 200 people, lived there -- and least six of them are known to be dead.
When the quake struck, just after eleven o'clock at night local time, hundreds of thousands of people poured into the streets. Many of them spent the night in parks, playgrounds, and public squares...and many others have been fleeing Salonica, Greece's second largest city, by any means available.
The quake, which measured six point five on the Richter scale, was the latest in a series which have shaken northern Greece, southern Yugoslavia and southern Bulgaria in the past few weeks.
The initial death toll was put at 14, including three people who died of heart attacks, and at least 300 people were injured.
The earthquake cut telephone and electrical services to many parts of Salonica and on Wednesday (21 June) most shops remained closed.
Greek officials said in all, two apartment buildings and about 20 houses were completely destroyed, and hundreds of other homes were damaged. Aftershocks came almost every five minutes and caused cha???s. Although experts said the tremors would gradually weaken throughout the day, frightened citizens preferred to leave the city. The experts said none of the large industrial units outside Salonica were damaged by the quake. These included an oil refinery and a tyre plant. Another complex to survive the earthquake was the State Museum.