Greece is one of the world's most seismically active countries, and lies across a complex boundary zone in the eastern Mediterranean, between the African tectonic plate and Eurasian tectonic plate.
However, modern Greek building regulations are generally reliably strict, and modern homes and buildings are designed to withstand the average major quake. The complicated bit here is that Greece has additional criss-cross fault lines that snake this way and that, around and about the Aegean Greek islands, including Crete and Rhodes.
Kefallinia (Kefalonia/Cephalonia) island is one of the prime examples of a lively quake active area, and I can testify to the myriad of micro-quake jolts or shunts you can sense – especially when you are up on the top floor of a hotel. You get used to it - its not an issue. Having said that earthquakes proper, are no joke.
Always remember that earthquakes in Greece are actually quite rare, and although we should all get to know what to do when one strikes, we should never become so worried about such a possible event, that it ruins our stay. Enjoy Greece and enjoy life!
List of Extinct Volcanoes
Santorini (Nea Kameni) - There is a question mark over this one as many would say it was dormant - but for how long?
The United States Geological Survey website offers a list of strong Earthquakes Around the World - any tremor striking Greece in the last seven days will be listed.
|16 February 1810||22:15||Crete, Heraklion |
see 1810 Crete earthquake
|3 April 1881||11:30||Chios, Çeşme, Alaçatı |
see 1881 Chios earthquake
|26 September 1932||19:20||Ierissos |
see 1932 Ierissos earthquake
|12 August 1953||09:24||Kefalonia, Zakynthos |
see 1953 Ionian Earthquake
|9 July 1956||03:11:39||Dodecanese||36.9||26.0||56||7.8||Ms Triggered a tsunami that affected the entire Aegean Sea|
|20 June 1978||11:04||Thessaloniki |
see 1978 Thessaloniki earthquake
|7 September 1999||11:56||Athens |
see 1999 Athens earthquake
|8 January 2006||11:34||Kythira |
see 2006 Southern Greece earthquake
|8 June 2008||12:25||Peloponnese |
see 2008 Peloponnese earthquake
|15 July 2008||03:26||Dodecanese |
see 2008 Dodecanese earthquake
FIMA offer the following advice from their excellent website:
What to Do During an Earthquake
Stay as safe as possible during an earthquake. Be aware that some earthquakes are actually fore-shocks and a larger earthquake might occur. Minimize your movements to a few steps to a nearby safe place and if you are indoors, stay there until the shaking has stopped and you are sure exiting is safe.