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10 Sep 1999 description

L'équipe de la Chaîne suisse de sauvetage a mis un terme à ses recherches dans la zone du tremblement de terre au Nord d'Athènes et rentrera en Suisse vendredi soir. L'arrêt des recherches a été décidé jeudi soir en accord avec le grand responsable athénien des travaux de dégagement, après que la totalité des bâtiments effondrés où l'on pensait pouvoir retrouver des personnes vivantes ont été contrôlés par des chiens de catastrophe.

Les chiens suisses ont localisé au total 14 personnes. Grâce à ce travail de localisation, trois personnes ont pu être sauvées.

10 Sep 1999 description

Rescue workers continue to pull survivors from the rubble of buildings in Athens, almost 48 hours after a deadly earthquake left 83 dead and thousands injured.

Two more quakes jolted northern Greece as officials announced that the number of those made homeless by Tuesday's tremor had risen to 16,000.

Racing against the clock, rescue workers continued to drag survivors from under slabs of concrete in collapsed factories and buildings around Athens.

With thousands still camping out in the open, Greeks watched the scenes of high drama on television sets in parks and public …

10 Sep 1999 description

Baltimore (IOCC) - Responding to the estimated 70,000 people left homeless as a result of this week's earthquake in Athens, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has arranged for the transport and distribution of emergency relief supplies to aid the quake's victims. More than 5 metric tons of urgently needed equipment, including tents and emergency food supplies, have been prepared for immediate distribution to the hardest hit areas of the city.

09 Sep 1999 description


ATHENS, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Rain added to the misery of thousands of homeless Greeks on Thursday as the survivors of a powerful earthquake struggled to find shelter away from houses deemed too dangerous to enter.

Rescue workers pulled a woman from the wreckage of a flattened detergent factory but said no sounds were emanating from the debris or from the site of a destroyed appliance showroom where they were also searching.

Encouraged by words through the rubble from her husband, Evi Vassilopoulos was pulled from the debris by French rescuers about 46 hours after …

09 Sep 1999 description

President Clinton offered his condolences to the families of victims of the earthquake that struck Greece September 7 and said the United States is prepared to help the Greek government respond to the disaster.

In a statement released September 8, Clinton also noted Greece's "generous assistance" to Turkey following the earthquake in that country last month, and he welcomed Turkey's pledge of support now for Greeks "in their hour of need."

Following is the White House text:

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Office of the Press Secretary

09 Sep 1999 description

Situation: 9.9.99, 15h00

Les trois chiens de catastrophe de la Chaîne suisse de sauvetage sont parvenus jusqu'ici à localiser 14 personnes ensevelies dans la zone du tremblement de terre, au Nord d'Athènes. Grâce à ce travail de localisation, les équipes de sauveteurs de Grèce et de pays tiers ont pu sauver trois personnes. Sept autres victimes ont été retirées sans vie des décombres, mais les travaux se poursuivent pour sortir quatre personnes encore prises sous les gravats.

09 Sep 1999 description

By Costas Paris

ATHENS, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Rescue teams working in heavy rain early on Thursday freed two more survivors from the wreckage of a Greek factory in the aftermath of an earthquake that killed at least 67 people and left thousands homeless.

"Two more people have been rescued from the Ricomex detergent factory and we are inches away from a trapped woman who is talking to us," a senior fireman told Reuters.

"The rain makes things difficult but now we have a better idea where to look. Those rescued have told us where the people were when the quake hit.

08 Sep 1999 description

Due to a request from the Greek government, and based on the decision of the Chief of Staff, an IDF mission will depart this evening (8 September) to assist in the search and rescue of the victims of the earthquake that struck Greece yesterday afternoon (7 September).

08 Sep 1999 description


08 Sep 1999 description

By Dina Kyriakidou

ATHENS, Sept 8 (Reuters) - More strong aftershocks jolted Athens on Wednesday as the earthquake death toll rose to 55 and rescue teams searched for dozens of missing people still feared trapped under the rubble.

The Health and Welfare Ministry said the dead included 12 children, some killed when their nursery collapsed in the quake that shook the Greek capital on Tuesday afternoon.

Another 1,557 people were injured, 25 seriously, and 65 were still missing after the quake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale levelled buildings, trapping people inside.

Rescuers …

08 Sep 1999 description

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is launching a preliminary appeal for 750,000 Swiss francs to assist 15,000 people hit by yesterday's earthquake in Greece.

08 Sep 1999 description

ATHENS, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Greece unveiled on Wednesday a package of 10 relief measures for people and businesses hit by a powerful earthquake that killed at least 61 people and levelled several buildings in Athens on Tuesday.

08 Sep 1999 description
report Council of Europe

STRASBOURG, 08.09.99 - The COUNCIL OF EUROPE today expressed solidarity with the families of victims of the Athens earthquake.

08 Sep 1999 description

Le détachement de reconnaissance de la Chaîne suisse de sauvetage s'est mis au travail mercredi matin dans la zone grecque touchée par le tremblement de terre. D'après les premières nouvelles données par les sauveteurs, la localisation des victimes au Nord d'Athènes semble très délicate.

L'équipe de sept personnes et trois chiens de catastrophe est partie pour Athènes très tôt mercredi matin de Zurich à bord d'un jet de la Rega. Sur place, elle était rejointe par une huitième personne, un double citoyen grec et suisse.

08 Sep 1999 description

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 99/0139

08 Sep 1999 description

ATHENS, Sept 8 (Reuters) - The death toll from the Greek earthquake has risen to 53, the semi-official Athens News Agency reported on Wednesday.

The agency quoted a list of names provided by the Welfare Ministry, which included 12 children. Another 65 people were still missing and out of 1,557 injured only 25 were seriously hurt, it said.

The quake, measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale, knocked down buildings in Athens early on Tuesday afternoon and sent thousands of people onto the streets in panic.

07 Sep 1999 description

World Data Center A for Seismology

The following is from the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: preliminary hypocenter for earthquake of 1999 sep 07, GREECE, about 15 miles (20 km) NW of ATHENS, Greece: latitude 38.1 degrees north longitude 23.5 degrees east origin time 11 56 50.3 utc depth shallow, magnitude 5.8 mb.

07 Sep 1999 description

By Jeremy Gaunt

ATHENS, Sept 7 (Reuters) - A strong earthquake shook Athens on Tuesday, reportedly killing one person, damaging buildings and sending thousands of people fleeing into the streets in panic.

The quake, measuring 5.9 on the open-ended Richter scale, hit at 2:56 p.m. (1156 GMT), shaking buildings for about 10 seconds.

Greek television said it had an unconfirmed report of one person killed when a factory collapsed in the capital.

07 Sep 1999 description

Greece - Earthquake
OCHA Situation Report No. 1