At least 17 people have been injured in three strong earthquakes that shook eastern Greece on Wednesday (9 July).
GV & SV Church in Almyros with badly damaged roof. (2 SHOTS)
SV & GV Damaged buildings. (2 SHOTS)
GV Workers among rubble and loading of possessions onto a van. (2 SHOTS)
GV Buildings almost totally demolished. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Family seated under a tree discussing the earthquakes.
SV PAN More damaged buildings and rubble. (2 SHOTS)
GV People walking down Almyros street surrounded by rubble and another damaged building. (2 SHOTS)
GV Mechanical digger pulling down unsound walls of damaged building.
GV Man brings large crucifix and holy pictures from wrecked church.
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Background: At least 17 people have been injured in three strong earthquakes that shook eastern Greece on Wednesday (9 July). The tremors measured between 5.4 and 6.3 on the Richter Scale and destroyed hundreds of houses.
SYNOPSIS: The town of Almyros, 95 miles (153 kilometres) northwest of Athens was one of the worst hit areas.
Few of the buildings remain habitable. The earthquakes happened within half an hour of each other just after five o'clock in the morning. A state of emergency was immediately declared and the Army began to co-ordinate rescue and relief work.
Communications throughout the affected area have been severely disrupted. Rescue teams searched for possible victims buried by rubble during most of the day.
Hundreds of houses were totally destroyed, leaving thousands of Greek villagers homeless. The Ministry of Social Services has sent one thousand tents, food and medical supplies into the stricken towns.
Those who escaped injury were advised to remain outdoors because of fears of further quakes.
Since the devastating tremors the Athens Seismological Institute has recorded 200 minor shocks in various parts of the country.
Local authorities said it was a miracle that nobody was killed. The 17 injured are being treated at hospitals in the Volos area. The condition of two is considered serious.
Two thousand houses have been left in a dangerous condition. Bulldozers are moving in to demolish all unsound structures.
The Greek region of Volos has seen the effect of devastating tremors before. Towns in the area wee almost completely destroyed by earth quakes in 1954, 1955 and 1957. Once relief is properly organised, it's hoped the long task of rebuilding the towns can begin again.