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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-09-22

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From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <ert.ntua.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] SEISMOLOGISTS REFUTE EARTHQUAKE PREDICTIONS
  • [02] FURTHER QUAKE RELIEF MEASURES ANNOUNCED
  • [03] MAJORITY OF SCHOOLS OPEN
  • [04] QUAKE SUPPORT INITIATIVE
  • [05] AFTERSHOCKS IN TAIWAN
  • [06] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT MEETS NEW ARCHBISHOP OF AMERICA
  • [07] US TO WORK FOR A CYPRUS SOLUTION
  • [08] FALCON AIR-ACCIDENT PROBE CONTINUES
  • [09] CYPRIOT SHIPPING REPORT

  • [01] SEISMOLOGISTS REFUTE EARTHQUAKE PREDICTIONS

    Seismologists have given assurances that despite statements made by the earthquake prediction centre in Lamia, known as VAN, there are no indications that a further powerful earth tremor will strike in the Attica region. The environment minister, Kostas Laliotis, has appealed to people to remain calm and pointed out that nowhere in the world has it been found possible to predict the time, epicentre and magnitude of an earthquake.

    [02] FURTHER QUAKE RELIEF MEASURES ANNOUNCED

    The cabinet met till late last night, under the chairmanship of the prime minister, Kostas Simitis, and decided to set up two committees for the relief and rehabilitation of the quake-stricken people. Coordination of the committees will be led by the interior minister, Vaso Papandreou, and the environment minister, Kostas Laliotis. The national economy minister, Iannos Papantoniou, has tabled an amendment in parliament providing for tax exemption on rent and housing subsidies. The environment ministry has announced that applications for buildings damaged in the earthquake to be given a preliminary inspection by ministry engineers will be accepted until this coming Saturday. Checks are also to be carried out to establish whether people not entitled to have been claiming the 200,000 drachma subsidy which the government has granted quake-stricken families.

    [03] MAJORITY OF SCHOOLS OPEN

    More than 450 schools in Attica will remain closed until the damage caused by the September 7th earthquake has been repaired. The education minister, Gerasimos Arsenis, said yesterday that 80% of schools in Attica operated normally on the first day of the school year on Monday.

    [04] QUAKE SUPPORT INITIATIVE

    A joint initiative undertaken by the prefecture of Xanthi and Greek State Radio to help the people of Izmit has been welcomed by the Turkish people. Addressing the members of the Greek humanitarian aid delegation, Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos said the initiative served to bring the two peoples even closer together and would have a positive effect on relations between the two countries.

    [05] AFTERSHOCKS IN TAIWAN

    In Taiwan, two strong aftershocks measuring 6.8 and 6 on the Richter scale were registered in the early hours of this morning. So far at least 2,000 aftershocks, many of them over 5 Richter, have been recorded since the massive 7.6 earthquake which struck the island on Monday night. The death toll so far stands at 1,800, while at least 4,000 were injured and tens of thousands have been made homeless. Rescue teams are working against the clock to locate approximately 3,000 people still trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings. Special teams from the United States, Russia, Germany and other countries have arrived in Taiwan to help with the rescue operations. China, Taiwan's long-standing enemy, has expressed its sympathy for the victims and the Chinese Red Cross has offered 100,000 dollars and first aid material worth 60,000 dollars. Meanwhile the island's main ports and airports are reported to be working normally.

    [06] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT MEETS NEW ARCHBISHOP OF AMERICA

    The new Archbishop of America, Dimitrios, yesterday received the Cypriot president, Glafkos Kliridis, who paid his first formal visit to the Archbishop since his enthronement. Archbishop Dimitrios has also given the Greek foreign undersecretary, Grigoris Niotis, a cheque for 100,000 dollars for the relief of the quake-stricken population of Athens.

    [07] US TO WORK FOR A CYPRUS SOLUTION

    At their meeting on the sidelines of a dinner hosted by the UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, in New York yesterday, the American president, Bill Clinton, assured the Greek foreign minister, Giorgos Papandreou, that he would do all he could to help resolve the Cyprus dispute. While in New York, Mr Papandreou is to have talks with his American counterpart, Madeleine Albright, and the Turkish foreign minister, Ismail Cem.

    [08] FALCON AIR-ACCIDENT PROBE CONTINUES

    Experts from Germany arrived in Athens yesterday with data concerning last week's mid-air accident over Bucharest which claimed seven lives. The New Democracy party has called for the establishment of a committee of inquiry into the tragedy. The government spokesman, Dimitris Reppas, said the government would wait for a report on the accident before considering the proposal.

    [09] CYPRIOT SHIPPING REPORT

    Speaking at a press conference yesterday on the Cyprus '99 Shipping Conference, the chairman of the organizational committee and general director of the transport ministry, Vasos Pyrgos, said Cyprus was the 6th shipping power in the world with 2,667 ships of a capacity of 26.5 million tons. He noted that Cypriot shipping had shown a tremendous growth rate since 1963.
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