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Duration1999/09/07 On Sempteber 7, the earthquake occured around 1500 local time (1200 GMT) and was followed by a series of strong aftershocks. The Athens Seismological Institute said the quake registered 5.9 on the Richter scale, and the epicentre was 20km (12.4 miles) north of the capital. The seismic shift occurred 5 to 10km below the ground.

Country or DistrictGreece

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OCHA Situation Report No.4 (1999/9/15)
136 persons were killed
4 people are still missing
currently 6 people are hospitalized due to injuries
(15 September 1999, the General Secretariat for Civil Protection of the Greek Ministry of Interior)

7,746 buildings have been estimated heavily damaged (under demolition)
29,931 partly damaged (under repair)
Several schools have been reported as totally destroyed.
Four industrial plants totally damaged, with a number of small industrial plants partly damaged.

over 70,000 people are homeless, and the total number of affected population is over 100,000.

BBC News 99/9/8 14:51GMT
The death toll is climbing above 70 and 45 people are still missing. Some 1,600 people have had medical treatment and 380 remain hospitalised
According to the environment ministry, of the 2,000 homes so far examined, 30% were inhabitable, 42% needed repairs, and 28% would have to be demolished.

CNN News 1999/9/9 13:55GMT
The number of dead had risen to 75. Some 1,600 were taken to hospital for treatment. Around 45 people remained missing

Environment ministry inspectors said 80 percent of about 1,100 buildings examined in the quake hit area were deemed being beyond habitable
Finance ministry sources said the cost of the quake could be in the region of 100 billion drachmas ($324 million).
BBC News 99/9/8 03:33GMT
At least 32 people have been confirmed dead, and officials believe more than 100 others are buried beneath the rubble of homes and factories. Hundreds more have crowded into hospitals for first aid
Officials said more than 100 buildings were severely damaged. But the historic buildings on and around the Acropolis escaped unscathed.
Tens of thousands of others fled the city for the countryside, causing traffic jams along Greece's national road in the process.

CNN News 1999/9/8 00:29GMT
At least 32 people were killed and more than 100 injured
More than 100 buildings collapsed, from apartment blocks to factories, most of them in working-class and immigrant areas north of Athens

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  • Government of Japan 1999/09/17
    The Government of Japan decided to extend emergency assistance comprising blankets and tents equivalent to about 14 million yen to the Government of the Hellenic Republic (Greece), which has sustained extensive damage from a strong earthquake.
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