An Earthquake

An earthquake of 6.3 magnitude on the Richter scale struck Rhodes just after six o'clock this morning. We heard it rumbling towards us long before the roof started to rattle. Here on Symi we experience tremblers several times a year but it is rare for us to feel something this strong. Although some cracks were reported in buildings in Rhodes and a woman lost her life when she slipped and fractured her skull when running from her house, here on Symi no one seems to have experienced any damage or injury. Indeed many people slept through the whole thing.

The men from DEH, the Public Power Corporation, are busy on the island, replacing electricity poles on the Kali Strata. This has precipitated a number of power cuts and some congestion at the bottom of the Kali Strata as old poles are cut down and new ones hauled into place.

It is 42 degrees on Symi today and the heatwave shows no signs of abating. Even at night the temperature stays around 30 degrees as the rocks soak up so much heat during the day. Washing only takes about an hour to dry, even in the shade, and sliced bread rapidly turns to rusk.


Unknown  – (Tuesday, July 15, 2008)  

Solid rock not only absorbs the heat, it stands the strength of seismic tremors too...

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I sailed into Panormitis Bay, Symi, by chance one windy July day in 1993 and have been here ever since. The locals tell me that this is one of the miracles of St Michael of Panormitis. A BA graduate with majors in English, Philosophy and Classical Civilisation, the idea of living in what is to all intents and purposes an archaeological site appeals to me. Not as small as Kastellorizo, not as touristy as Rhodes, Symi is just the right size. I live on a small holding which my husband and I have reclaimed from a ruin of over-grazing and neglect and turned into a small oasis over the course of the past 22 years. I also work part-time for Symi Visitor Accommodation, helping independent travellers discover and enjoy Symi's simple pleasures for themselves.

This page is kindly sponsored by Wendy Wilcox, Symi Visitor Accommodation.

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