Monday, July 30, 2007

Skopje commemorates 44th anniversary of devastating earthquake

Skopje commemorates the 44th anniversary of the devastating earthquake that killed 1.070 people and injured around 3.300.

The quake, measuring 6.1 degrees on the Richter scale, lasted 17 seconds. A number of buildings, public facilities and almost 80 percent of homes of the city's residents had been destroyed.

The earthquake heavily damaged the railway station, the Officers Club, the Post Building, National Bank building, Makedonija Hotel, the three theatres, the National Library building, the National Museum of History and many other insignia of the capital.

Shortly after the devastating earthquake, Skopje turned into a city of worldwide solidarity. Aid comprising rescue teams, medicines, tents, blankets, clothes and other basics had arrived from all around the world. Thanks to foreign aid, the city started to function within a short period. A number of districts and facilities had been rebuilt, giving the city a new image.

The families of the victims and the city authorities will place wreaths at the monument of those killed in the earthquake at Butel cemetery.

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