The daily Pravda has revealed that some insurance firms may not pay for some claims after the earthquake that hit eastern Slovakia on Wednesday morning because the tremors were not strong enough. The quake measured 4 to 4.2 on the Richter scale, but some companies only pay out when tremors exceed 5 or 6 on the scale.
Spokesperson for insurance company Allianz-Slovakia, Lucia Bomobšová, explained, "in the past we concluded many different types of contract. It is necessary to study each contract carefully."
Over 90 percent of the 135 houses in one village, Jasenov, were damaged in the quake.
Compiled by Conrad Toft from press reports.
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23. May 2003 at 10:52