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300 buildings in Samos deemed uninhabitable or unsafe following quake

300 buildings in Samos deemed uninhabitable or unsafe following quake
*Credit: Eurokinissi

Three hundred buildings so far have been found to be temporarily uninhabitable or unsafe following a 6.7-magnitude quake that struck Samos on Friday.

The earthquake also caused a tsunami that flooded the harbour area, and tragically killed two teenagers.

Civil engineers travelled to the island a few hours after the quake to assess the damage to buildings and to the island’s ports and other infrastructure.

300 buildings in Samos deemed uninhabitable or unsafe following quake

300 buildings in Samos deemed uninhabitable or unsafe following quake
*Credit: Eurokinissi

The wider area has recorded more than 100 aftershocks since Friday.

“To some degree, the sequence of aftershocks is unfolding normally but, in any case, even if there is a tremor measuring over 5 to 5.5 Richter, it will not have an effect on buildings as the region has withstood a quake 30 times larger,” Professor Efthymios Lekkas, the head of the Antiseismic Protection Organisation, told radio station Praktorio.

Lekkas said that the aftershocks’ sequence will be long and last many weeks, even months.

To assist victims of the Samos earthquake that devastated the island on Friday, the Municipality of Athens has started collecting long-life foods and basic necessities.

The collection point is at the municipality’s aid center located at Domokou 2 Street, opposite the Larissis train station in central Athens.

Foods and goods donations will be accepted there daily between the hours of 09:00 and 13:00 until Sunday November 6.

For those outside of Athens and still wanting to help the Samos quake victims, a GoFundMe fundraiser has been created. Immediately, what is required is: tents, blankets, sleeping bags and other essentials that will help the displaced residents sleep at night.

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