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Greece ready to send rescue teams to Italy

06 April 2009 / 17:04:42  GRReporter
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Greece is ready to send military planes C-130 with specially trained rescue teams with dogs, which will help searching for buried people after the strong earthquake, which shook Italy this morning. At 04:30am this morning was registered a 6.3 magnitude quake with an epicenter of 95 kilometers away from Rome in the region of the historical university town L’Aquila. Until now the Italian news agencies inform that at least 92 had died.

The Greek Foreign Ministry announced that about 500 Greek students are studying in L’Aquila. Now, most of them are in Greece because of the Catholic Easter. As a result of collapsed buildings, one Greek girl is injured. She was taken to a hospital and her parents have talked to her. Her brother was buried underneath the rubbles of the building where they were living but he has communicated with the rescue team and there are hopes that he will get out unharmed. In the early afternoon, another two Greek students were taken to the L'Aquila hospital - their lives are out of danger.

During lunch time, all Greek students will gather in front of the L’Aquila hospital. They will be taken to Rome, from where the Ministry of Transportation decided to fly them free of charge with Olympic, Aegean and Alitalia to Athens. Some of the first flights already arrived at the Athenian airport "Elefterios Venizelos." The Greek embassy in Rome is keeping constant communication with the authorities in L’Aquila but the authorities are asking for no travels towards the city so they can finish their work faster and easier. In any case the roads to the town are inaccessible.

The Greek students, who are talking to the Greek media, say that they were feeling weak quakes almost every day for the last few months. Athens seismologists are certain that the earthquake in Italy will not activate some of the seismic centers in the Ionian Sea or in the other parts in Greece.

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