Jul 9, 2017

The 1956 earthquake

The earthquake, measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale, was the largest earthquake of the 20th century throughout Europe. It resulted in many injuries and 52 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!
Certain villages of the caldera (Oia, Fira, Imerovigli) were badly damaged and the "Old Village" (Mesa Gonia) was levelled. The terrifying earthquake happened at 05.12 in the morning when the farmers of Santorini were out in the fields, so a larger number of victims was prevented.
As a result, many Santorinians fled their island, the cultivation of tomato and fava was almost abandoned while wine production declined to a great extent. Only when tourists started visiting the island, did Santorinians begin returning and repairing their homes.