ATHENS, March 3 – RIA Novosti. Firefighters rescued a man from the rubble of a building damaged by a strong earthquake in Greece, the damage from the disaster was insignificant – one house and a school were damaged, the General Secretariat of Civil Protection of Greece said.
“According to the information available at the moment, the earthquake caused material damage to a house in the Mesochori area in Elasson, where an operation to rescue an elderly person was successfully completed, as well as a school in the Damasi area in Tirnavu. RIA Novosti message of the secretariat general.
As previously reported by the Institute of Geodynamics of the National Observatory of Athens, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 occurred in the area of Thessaly in central Greece. The strike occurred at 12.16 local time (13.16 Moscow time). The epicenter of the earthquake was located near the city of Elassona, 29 kilometers from the city of Larissa, 250 kilometers north-west of Athens. The hearth lay at a depth of two kilometers. It is reported that the tremors were strongly felt in Central Macedonia, in Thessaloniki. There is no information about the victims and the damage yet.
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“Immediately, civil protection forces (fire brigade, police, ambulance, local government) have been deployed, while the fire brigade's special disaster management (EMAK) units are on high alert and are being sent to the area “, – the message says.
A fire brigade helicopter is conducting aerial surveillance over a wide area to detect possible damage and immediate intervention, a special group of EMAK drones are approaching the area to map any landslides and collapses of buildings, the secretary general said.
Deputy Minister of Civil Protection and Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias and Secretary General of Civil Protection Vassilios Papageorgiou are located at the National Coordination Center for Operations and Crisis Management.
“All the forces involved remain in full combat readiness to provide immediate assistance in case of need,” the Secretary General said.
By order of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Deputy Minister of State Theodoros Livanios, Secretary General of Infrastructure Yorgos Karayannis and Chief of the General Staff of National Defense Konstantinos Floros are sent to the earthquake zone, the press service of the Prime Minister said.
The deputy chief of the fire service, Yakovos Kleftospyros, and the commander of civil protection, Athanasios Dimakoyannis, are also sent to the region. The Prime Minister's Office has contacted Thessaly Governor Costas Agorastos and mayors of the region's cities, and has established an ongoing relationship with the Deputy Minister of Civil Protection and Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias to provide any assistance needed, the press service said.