A Quake Won't Stop Athens' Rebirth...But A Treasure Remains In Exile

Daniel Butler remembers with a shudder. "At first, I thought it was a big truck coming down the street," says Butler about the earthquake, registering 5.9 on the Richter scale, that struck at 2:56 p.m. on Sept. 7. "Then everything was shaking. I just ran from the apartment, trying not to think about the Turkey quake." Butler and others in central Athens escaped with unsettled nerves, small cuts, and bruises, and the city suffered relatively minor damage. Those nearer the epicenter, in ramshackle suburbs some 20 kilometers north of downtown, were less fortunate. One hundred and fifteen people lost their lives; 100,000 will be homeless until their homes are safe.

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