May 3, 1954

EARTHQUAKES IN THESSALY: Larissa, 1 (From our correspondent T. Papayiannopoulos) – All of Thessaly is in mourning and hundreds of thousands of people are living under the specter of death brought by the series of earthquakes that have been continuing since yesterday afternoon. Twenty-eight people were killed in the districts of Farsala, Sofades, Domokos and Volos and over 200 people were injured, while 90 percent of the homes have collapsed in ruins. The panic-stricken population is living out in the open and in the villages destroyed by the quakes, tragic scenes are taking place before the ruined churches, where men and women are kneeling to pray for the cessation of the terrible catastrophe. The news that King Pavlos and his heir Constantine had arrived in Volos was a source of comfort, as they visited the wounded in Larissa Hospital and then the districts of Farsala, Karditsa and Sofades. MAY DAY: May Day was celebrated in Athens yesterday with rallies at the Kentrikon Theater with the participation of Piraeus workers’ unions.

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