Greece Rattled by Earthquakes while Suffering Inclement Weather

Greece Rattled by Earthquakes while Suffering Inclement Weather

A severe summer storm front has killed six people in Halkidiki in Northern Greece, all of them foreign tourists.

Greece was rattled by two moderately strong earthquakes over the weekend just as the country has been trying to recover from the damages caused by the inclement weather it has been experiencing.

A 4.6-magnitude earthquake shook Kozani in Northern Greece on Sunday, according to the Geodynamic Institute of the National Observatory of Athens, as cited by the Greek Reporter.

The epicenter of the quake was located 8 klm south of Kozani, in northern Greece. The earthquake struck at 13:50 on Sunday with a focal depth of 10 klm. An aftershock with a 3.8 magnitude was felt at 13:59.

Before that, on Saturday, an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.7 struck in western Greece, Athens’ Geodynamics Institute reports.

The tremor struck at 6:08 pm local time (15:08 GMT) about 30 kilometers (19 miles) northwest of the city of Agrinio at a depth of 28 km (17 miles).

No damage has been reported from the two earthquakes on Saturday and Sunday, and tremors  of such magnitude are relatively common in Greece as the country lies in a seismic region.

The earthquake’s came against the backdrop of an emergency declared on Thursday by Halkidiki prefecture, northern Greece’s major tourism destination.

The emergency resulted from a very strong storm front which has claimed the lives of six tourists, including two minors.

A Romanian mother and her 8-year-old son were killed when a metal cover at a tavern collapsed. Two tourists from the Czech Republic died when their RV was overturned, and a father and a son from an unspecified foreign country were killed by a tree which fell on them in the Nea Potidaia district.

Back in 1983, a similar summer storm hit Greece claiming nine lives.

One fisherman was also reported missing, while up to 100 people were also injured from the strong winds and instances of tornadoes, a very rare phenomenon in mostly mountainous and coastal Greece. The summer storms in Halkidiki caused extensive power outages.

The heavy rainfall over the weekend caused floods that resulted in severe damage in the areas of Achaia, in the Peloponnese Peninsula, and in Aetolia-Acarnania, in Central Greece.

Firefighters had to rescue 1,000 people who were trapped in a night club in the area of Drepano, Achaia as the nearby stream swelled and flooded the surrounding area, including the venue.

(Banner image: Video grab from Skai TV)

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