GREECE: End of Amogiana

Fortnight ago there were approximately 500 islands in the Greek archipelago. Last week there was one less. For one horrible week a series of earthquakes twitched the peninsula of Chalcidice like a serpent's tail. Among the grey olives and high rocky goat pastures, the white villages of lerissos, Nea Rhoda. Stratonion, Yomatia and Stayira tumbled in ruins. Incomplete counts listed 338 dead and hundreds more injured. While their homes crashed about their heads, the earth shook and the grey Aegean crashed savagely against the shore, 200 frightened families clambered into fishing boats and...

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