“The Kefalonian Shake”

Monday, 3rd February 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of you may have heard recently about a series of earthquakes that occurred close to the second largest town in Kefalonia, Lixouri.

Don’t worry, we are still here! Kefalonia has a long history with earthquakes, the most notable of these occurred on 12th. August 1953. You can find more information here.

A short time after this earthquake, the Greek construction laws became extremely strict and every new building had to go through a thorough review by a number of engineers to ensure structural integrity during an earthquake. All properties on the island are built with reinforced concrete, literally tonnes of steel go into the building, whilst it is being erected.

All of these buildings are built to withstand an earthquake above 9 on the Richter Scale.

Earthquakes are a regular occurrence on the island and we get 1000′s of these shakes every year. Obviously most of them are not felt as they are so small. the recent earthquake was around 6.1 on the Richter scale and these occur around once every 2 years, with their associated aftershocks.

I am happy to report that there is no damage to report from our villas.

If you are the type of person that likes to track these kinds of events, there is a great free resource that is available here.

Regards

The Unique Villas Team