Earthquakes in Skopje Brought People Outside Homes and Buildings


Time: 10:52 p.m. CEST

Skopje after earthquake
Residents sit on the benches at street “Macedonia” in Skopje after an earthquake, which happened shortly after 3:00 p.m. CEST on September 11, 2016.

Worried elderly residents of Skopje, their grandchildren and pets were outside the buildings in the center of the city after the earthquake happened and the panicked residents escaped after shakes felt in every part of the city. Residents were outside their homes of about 13 to 14 floors buildings after an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 hits the city on September 11. Many sit on the benches of street “Macedonia” away of the building entrances and relatively close to the old city railway station with a frozen clock hands that shows the exact time of happening of July 26, 1963, devastating earthquake in Skopje, which completely ruined the city.

The residents in various municipalities woke early Sunday after hearing the strange noise and moderate tremors, which lasted no more than a minute. It was about 7:00 a.m. local time in Skopje. People woke up and dogs started to bark. Situation calmed, but shortly after 3:00 p.m. local time, another stronger shakes occurred across the city. At the square “Macedonia” Turkish tourists and their tourist guides passed by the worried residents sitting on the benches, without even noticing that the earthquake happened one hour before.

Since the morning, many shared their experiences on social media. Luckily, the reported damages are small, with small fires in elevators happened in some buildings. Medics inform people have minor injuries after attempting to escape the balconies of their homes. In the collective memory of the past generation is reminiscence to a heavy damages from 1963 earthquake in Skopje, when much of the buildings just collapsed, leaving behind devastation and more than 1000 people killed.

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