Earthquakes in Greece

It's no secret that earthquakes are common in Greece. It seems that the adverse seismic conditions are a kind of payback to the nature for the perfect climate and blessed nature of the Mediterranean. These phenomena unaware the land of Greece since immemorial time: even familiar word «seismos» had come from Greek language. The seismological situation in Greece does not stop tourists, that are attracted by the paradise climate, beautiful landscapes and seas. A modern seismological service do everything to prevent the destruction and casualties and inform the public about the alleged tremors.

You will not find high-rise buildings here. Every project of a new residential facility must be agreed with the terms and conditions of use, specific to each individual area. Soil resistance on the foundation, the symmetry of the building, the quality of construction materials and construction methods are carefully calculating before the design stage. All these measures are not just a formality. Greeks do it for the sake of citizens and visitors lives.

The story of the legendary Colossus of Rhodes is bright and instructive illustration of this. This impressive statue is recognized as one of the wonders of the world, produced by sculptor Hares. It took about 13 tons of bronze and about 8 tons of iron for building the giant Colossus, but it stood about 56 years. Giant was destroyed by an earthquake in 222 BC. Metaphor «colossus with feet of clay» means all the great, terrible, but fragile and easily perishable. Greek mythology attributes the phenomenon of earthquakes with of Poseidon. He was the most wild and furious from the gods, the lord of storms and earthquakes. In the dark of his fury he struck the ground with trident, shook it and brought destruction.

Volcanic eruption is no less frightening event. Watching the eruptions of Etna the ancient Greeks were convinced that it is workshop of Hephaestus who was a god of fire. One of the most catastrophic eruptions in the world took place about 1628 BC. The next one was Santorini volcano. The giant wave swept away everything alive in its path and tsunami had covered Crete and reached the northern coast of Africa. Myths say that this eruption has led to the decline of the Minoan civilization. It is also believed that famous Atlantis was Santorini island. Now we can go on a santorini volcano tour and watch the most beautiful shores in black and red colors.

Serious earthquakes are rare in Greece, and if the minor tremors are recorded somewhere on the small islands, nobody pays a special attention on them. Greeks are keep calm and used to this phenomenon. Geologists and seismologists explain the tremors harassing the southern part of the country by the influence of tectonic fault stretching from western Greece to Rhodes.