Azores earthquake leaves 10 dead, 90 injured, 1,000 homeless

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Azores earthquake leaves 10 dead, 90 injured, 1,000 homeless

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Thu, 9 Jul 1998 13:35:15 PDT      Story from AFP
Copyright 1998 by Agence France-Presse (via ClariNet)

Photo [Thu, Jul 9]
HORTA, PORTUGAL, 9-JUL-1998: A building lies collapsed in Horta, Fayal, the Azores July 9 after an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale struck the islands in the East Atlantic. The quake left at least 10 people dead, 90 injured and 1,000 homeless according to rescue officials. [Photo by AFP]

LISBON, July 9 (AFP) - An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale left at least ten people dead, 90 injured and 1,000 homeless on the Azores islands, rescue services said Thursday.

Rescue teams feared they would not able to find victims still buried under the rubble. "We understand there are still people under the rubble," an official said.

The earthquake centred on the island of Fayal, whose main port Horta is a stopping-off point for most of the pleasure boats cruising the Atlantic Ocean archipelago.

All the victims were local residents from the two inland villages of Ribeirinha and Espalhafatos who died when their houses collapsed.

Around 100 people from Fayal were admitted to hospital suffering from slight injuries or shock, a hospital offical said.

Portguese television was quick to show footage of buildings collapsing like houses of cards and roads cracking wide open.

"It was horrible, a real calamity," said one survivor from Ribeirinha. "The houses collapsed at one blow. We fled, running down the street and screaming like mad for help."

"The ground is still shaking from time to time. We haven't got water or electricity. It's the worst thing we've ever known. Only half a dozen buildings are still standing, everything's ruined," said another.

Around 100 houses were destroyed or seriously damaged and 1,000 of the 10,000 islanders have been made homeless by the quake, which occurred at 0519 GMT and lasted between 15 and 30 seconds.

Portuguese Prime Minsiter Antonio Guterres and Interior Minister Jorge Coelho flew to Fayal to assess the extent of the damage for themselves.

President Jorge Sampaio cancelled his appointments for the day to keep up with developments.

A Portuguese air force C-130 was scheduled to take off for the Azores later Thursday with a team of doctors and firemen to back up local rescue services, as well as bringing dogs trained in finding buried victims.

The plane was also to bring army tents, blankets and other supplies.

The earthquake was the worst in the Azores since January 1 1980, when the historic town of Angra do Heroismo, capital of the island of Terceira, was badly hit, leaving 69 dead and 15,000 homeless.

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