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Skopje marks 53 years since the disastrous earthquake

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The city of Skopje marks 53 years since the disastrous earthquake which leveled much of the city on this day in 1963, killing over a 1.000 people, with 3.000 being injured. City and national politicians will visit the memorial built in Butel cemetery to honor those killed in the early morning quake.

Skopje marks 53 years since the disastrous earthquake

More that 15.000 homes and apartments were destroyed in the quake, and 28.000 were damaged. The disaster left 200.000 people homeless, many of them forced to seek shelter across Macedonia and then Yugoslavia, the others waiting in improvised tent cities until prefab housing was made available. Countries from around the world helped rebuild the devastated city, in a completely new architectural style and layout, with several large new urban zones added to the east, west and north. The United Nations coordinated the support effort and despite the Cold War, both Eastern and Western bloc countries helped with resources and personnel. It is believed that the 1963 earthquake was at least the third time Skopje was destroyed in this fashion, with records of catastrophic quakes in 518 and 1555.

The traditional blood drive will be organized by the Red Cross in the KIC center in Skopje, which will also feature an exhibition of photographs of the city through the decades. In the spirit of humanitarian activism, the exhibition will include photographs from the recent migrant crisis, and activists who took part in helping the migrants and refugees will be honored.

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At the MKC youth cultural center, Croatian architect Bosko Frzhop who helped in the reconstruction efforts will open an exhibition of photographs he made in the aftermath of the quake. Five short films from Macedonian directors will also be presented, and visitors will be able to attend a concert by SIZ, Stuttgart Online and YOU. And at the Museum of the city of Skopje, Mayor Koce Trajanovski will open a virtual exhibition of Skopje in 1963.