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Earthquake news

Last night an earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale happened with its epicentre under the sea between Kos and Bodrum. Two people were killed on Kos when the roof and walls of the bar in Kos Town they were drinking in collapsed, and 9 people have been evacuated to hospital in Heraklion or Athens with serious injuries. Others with minor injuries are being treated locally. Bodrum saw some building damage and a mini tidal wave flooded streets. Around 100 people are reported injured there, most when they jumped from the windows of buildings to get out quicker.

The quake was felt on Symi and in parts of Rhodes, but there are no reports of any injuries or damage to buildings on either island.

Rhodes and Kos airports are operating normally, as are ferries between Rhodes and Symi. There has been damage to the port installations in Kos town, where the mooring areas for large ferries are cracked and broken, and there is a fear that debris that fell into the sea has reduced the available depth of water below safety levels for big ships. As a result calls by the large Blue Star ferries have been transferred to the port of Kefalos on Kos until further notice. There will be a bus connection from Kos Town.

Dodekanisos Seaways will continue to serve Kos Town as their catamarans have enough clear depth of water, and don’t require access for large trucks.

The rest of Kos, outside Kos Town and its suburbs, is completely undamaged.


  • By Dilys Nottingham, July 23, 2017 @ 6:59 am

    Good to see some NON sensationalist reporting of the events Andy. Some of the UK papers have been disgraceful

  • By Mimi, July 24, 2017 @ 8:43 pm

    For the most part it’s probably back to business as usual. I contacted Dodekanisos Seaways about where the catamarans will be arriving and departing (before I read this post). I got a pretty quick response telling me that they will be sailing to and from Kos main port. I was advised however to contact the central office on Kos, because they depart from a different point.

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