INTRODUCTION: Parts of Greece have been shaken by another major earth tremor.
GV PAN Rubble
GV Rubble on top of wrecked bus
SV PAN Crack in building
SV PAN Homeless (3 shots)
SV Homeless (2 shots)
SV Sign saying "Kaparelli"
GV TRACKING SHOT Damage in town
TILT UP AND DOWN Helicopter over earthquake victims
SV Relief supplies and victims
GV TRACKING SHOT Damage and victims outside (4 shots)
GV Victims in tents (4 shots)
SV Woman outside tent and GV tents (2 shots)
(ATHENS) GV AND SV Demonstrators with banners (2 shots)
SV AND GV Woman in wheelchair and demonstrators (5 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Parts of Greece have been shaken by another major earth tremor. Measuring six point two on the Richter scale, the earthquake shook buildings and sent furniture toppling over.
SYNOPSIS: At least two people died from heart attacks as a result of the latest tremor. Eight days earlier, twenty people died when an earthquake hit the country, damaging thousands of buildings. Since then, there has been a series of minor tremors, but this latest quake caused 200 buildings to collapse, and extensively damaged hundreds more.
Most of the damage was in Beotia, about 60 kilometres (40 miles) northwest of Athens.
Thousands were made homeless, and many more have been sleeping in the open for fear of more earthquakes.
The government has appealed to people not to panic, but in Athens, at least half the shops and offices were closed.
The town of Kaparelli was all but destroyed, yet there were no early reports of casualties there. Hundreds of buildings in towns around the quake epicentre, the Gulf of Corinth, were badly damaged.
The latest tremor was powerful enough to cause a tidal wave, which flooded the highway between the town of Corinth and the spa of Lautraki, 65 kilometres (42 miles) west Athens.
Many people have been living in tents since their homes were destroyed in the first quake in February. Now many more will be needing shelter. Police said the tremor in several places in central Greece, at Salonica in the north, and as far away as Chania, on the island of Crete.
The newest quake adds to the burdens of the government, which already had cope with the damage of the February the 24th disaster, when more than one thousand buildings in towns on the Gulf of Corinth were made uninhabitable. The military were still coping with the state of emergency declared then.
This tremor was the worst of several that joined northern Greece and the Gulf of Corinth during the week that preceded it.
Demonstrators were out on the streets of Athens on Wednesday (4 March). They were complaining that aid for those made homeless in the through to them too slowly.
Hospitals in Athens and its port of Piraeus reported that several people were slightly injured by falling masonry and other objects during the latest tremor. But the capital has suffered little damage compared to other areas.