Jul 9, 2014

This day in 1956

Exactly 58 years ago, on 9th July, the great earthquake of 1956 took place in Santorini. The earthquake, measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale, was the largest earthquake of the 20th century throughout Europe. It resulted in several injuries and victims, but also created one of the largest tidal waves in the Aegean, reaching 25m in height in the islands of Amorgos, Folegandros and Astypalea!
As a result, a lot of damages and demolitions were caused in the villages of the caldera (Oia, Fira, Imerovigli) and complete destruction of the "Old Village" (Mesa Gonia). The terrifying earthquake happened in the morning when the farmers of Santorini were out in the fields, so a larger number of victims was prevented. 
A very interesting historic documentary can be viewed here