Damage Assessment after Quake Continues

Damage Assessment after Quake Continues

The local authorities in the capital Sofia and the towns of Pernik and Radomir are continuing to assess the damages caused by the earthquake which hit the country on Tuesday.

A quake measuring 5.8% on the Richter scale shook Bulgaria at 3 a.m. on Tuesday, causing damages to buildings but luckily claiming no lives. The quake, which was epicentred some 24 kilometres southwest of Sofia, was followed by some 30 light tremors.

Tents have been provided to people in the worst hit area whose houses have been damaged, the state-run Bulgarian National Television reported, quoting the Civil Defence chief. If need arises, caravans too will be supplied.

Schools, hospitals and kindergartens will be repaired first, construction minister Lilyna Pavlova told BNT on Wednesday.

The emergency situation in Pernik will be extended until noon on Wednesday.

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