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Earthquake in eastern Slovakia

Eastern Slovakia suffered an earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale yesterday, more than 90 percent of the homes in the village of Jasenov were damaged. Aftershocks may continue.

The priest of a local 18th century Greek Orthodox Catholic cathedral that was damaged in the quake, Štefan Blanár, said "The walls have cracked, plaster is lying everywhere. I'm scared that the cracks in the vault could affect the stability of the building."

The worst recorded earthquake in Slovakia killed 63 people in 1763. It measured 8 or 9 on the Richter scale and was centred around the southern town of Komárno.

Compiled by Conrad Toft from press reports.
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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