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Earthquake on the Greek island of Lefkada

In mid-November an earthquake struck the Greek island of Lefkada reaching a high level of 6 degrees on the Richter scale. Two people have been killed. Roads and buildings destroyed. The victims were Greeks - in November tourism on Lefkada virtually do not exist. One of them was a sixty-year woman killed by a piece of rock that fell in the vicinity of her home in the village of Ponti Vassilikis and also the second victim was a woman living in another village - Athani.

Four other people with less injuries were taken to hospitals. Roads running in the southeastern part of the island closest to the epicenter of the quake - which was located in the Ionian Sea – have been destroyed. Several stone-made houses collapsed as well as the local church.

Two hours after the first quake came the second - weaker – strike, strength of 5.2 degrees Richter. Geological Observatory of Athens has determined the location of the epicenter about 280 km from the capital of Greece. Tremors were felt along the west coast of the country as well as in Athens.

More than half of earthquakes occurring in Europe happens in Greece and areas around Lefkada are exposed to them particularly often. Last year an earthquake of 5.9 degrees Richter struck on the neighboring island of Kefalonia causing the destruction of the port, roads and buildings.

The strongest disaster in the region occurred in August 1953 and destroyed the entire infrastructure of Kefalonnia which led to the economic collapse and resulted in emigration of many residents who had to search better life somewhere else.

Earthquakes occur in Greece quite often - both in the mainland and on the islands - including the very popular touristic areas. Fortunately, more serious  disasters occur much less frequently there although they cannot be ruled out.

Earthquake on Lefkada - GreeceGreece is a Polish tourists’ favorite country. Recently. Earlier Egypt was the unquestionable king. Turkey played an important role as well. The political situation in these countries change the tourists’ preferences. Not only Polish ones. Certainly, after the accidents in Paris a Muslim countries’ significance for outbound tourism business will decline again. Greece has a potential for even greater strengthening its position. There are predictions that by next year a quarter of Poles traveling abroad for holidays will go to Greece.

The island of Lefkada is not as popular in Poland as Crete, Rhodes, Kos or even Zakynthos. In 2015, only two Polish travel agencies organized tours there. These were Grecos Holiday and Itaka (the biggest in Poland). The latter initially had no such intentions and eventually joined in April, extending its program by including tours on the island of Lefkada.

Lefkada has so attractive and picturesque beaches that sometimes is called the Caribbean of Greece. Although this is an island you can get there by a car without using a ferry. From the mainland it is separated by a narrow strait and connected with a causeway.


November 19th, 2015