In the Soviet Union, a second tremor has struck an area in the Caucasian republic of Georgia, only two weeks after a strong earthquake caused extensive damage there.
In the Soviet Union, a second tremor has struck an area in the Caucasian republic of Georgia, only two weeks after a strong earthquake caused extensive damage there. The latest tremor, however, was much milder, measuring 4.5 points on the 12 point Soviet scale.
SYNOPSIS: The first earthquake to hit Eastern Georgia measured between six and seven points on the Soviet scale.... enough to cause damage to more than seven thousand buildings and destroy 400 homes. Most were in the Dmanissi region.
Heavy snow in the area at the time made conditions doubly uncomfortable for the many families who lost the walls of their houses. The weather was relatively cold for Georgia, quite unusual for these parts.
As well as farmhouses and barns, a number of public buildings were destroyed in the quake. They included four schools and a hospital which, according to official reports, were completely flattened.
With so many dwellings destroyed many people found shelter in temporary accommodation erected by relief workers who were on the scene shortly after the earthquake.
The relief team also distributed food, medicine and blankets to the homeless. Dozens of trucks were involved in the work.
Trucks were also used to bring in pre-fabricated houses and building materials. Over the coming months the area will be reconstructed under the supervision of a special Government commission.