Earthquake while on holiday in Greece? Here is what to do

6.6 magnitude earthquake shook popular Greek and Turkish holiday destinations in the Aegean Sea, Kos island, Greece on July 21, 2017

=&0=& are =&1=&, though strong seismic activity around Athens is rare. But the 1999 quake looms large in the memories of many residents.

According to the Tourism Ministry, when an earthquake occurs please follow these instructions:

If you are at the interior of a building

– Remain calm

– Take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture (table, desk etc), stand on your knees and hold on to the leg of the table or the desk

– If a sturdy piece of furniture does not exist, stand on your knees in the middle the room, staying as low as possible and trying to cover your head with your hands. Keep away from large glass surfaces such as windows, or furniture and objects that might hurt you.

– Do not try to leave the building.

– Do not get out on a balcony, if one exists

If you are in a tall building

– Keep away from glass windows and outer walls

If you are in a shopping mall or a big commercial store

– Remain calm

– Stay exactly where you are until the tremble comes to a stop

– Don’t get swept away by the running crowd which is moving unorderly towards the exits because there is a high risk of being stepped over.

If you are at an open space

– Get away from places situated exactly underneath buildings or from places where there are telephone or electricity cables.

– If you are carrying a handbag, put it over your head in order to protect yourself.

If you are in a car

– Go to an open space and stop the car somewhere where it does not impede the circulation of other vehicles

– Keep away from tunnels or bridges

source: Tourism Ministry

PS the Ministry certainly means: buildings built after 2000 when strict anti-seismic construction measures were introduced. Read more...

Odyssey Challenge | Are you ready for the ultimate obstacle race?

About two weeks ago, as  I was spending time on Facebook, I saw a video of the Odyssey Challenge  race. Although I am not that adventurous and athletic myself, I got really curious with all this Odyssey Challenge and I must say that I admired the willpower all these athletes have. I am sure some people would be interested in getting more info about or even taking part in it. That’s this post about then.

Odyssey challenge is a 25 Km race with 40 impressive obstacles taken at the magical Alonaki beach in Preveza, near Parga.

WHAT IS ODYSSEY CHALLENGE?

(all words and photos are taken from the official Odyssey Challenge website)

The Odyssey Challenge is the first major obstacle race in Greece, inspired and designed by Greek athletes. The Athlete is called upon to overcome a series of difficulties that will test the limits of his stamina at all levels! He has to run on a mountain, in a forest, on a beach, in sea, in river, to swim, to pass up, down, through obstacles, to carry loads, to climb in ropes, in rocks, to pass through mudslides and face all his fears!

The obstacles.

The obstacles are the core of the Odyssey Challenge Race. We work very hard to offer you the most fascinating and breathtaking obstacles of various levels of difficulty. Our main concern is for you to live a unique experience!
For sure, you will have, already, seen some of our obstacles in other races. We chose to include these obstacles to Odyssey Challenge Race because we think that they are a must-have for any obstacle race. There are also some obstacles (we will not reveal them before the start of the Race!) that will be of our inspiration and construction.

WHY ODYSSEY CHALLENGE

Because the event is something completely new and innovative in Greece, it is the first totally “Greek idea” effort in the highly rising and new branch of activities referred as OCR (Obstacle Course Race), commonly as Obstacle Race. The specific “product” gets higher promotion because it is fully associated with prime time reality ΤV shows, such as “Survivor”.

COLLABORATING GYMS AND SPORTS CENTERS

There is collaboration with more than 30 major sports centers, Gyms and Crossfit Box with group registries of their members  in the race. There are also recommended Gyms to prepare you for the Race.

MEDIA SPONSORS

The event organizers have been in agreement with the most well known greek newspaper, a famous national TV channel and 5 high traffic greek websites.

Find more information about the Odyssey Challenge and register for the next race at their official website OdysseyChallenge.com

 

 

The oldest submerged town in the world | Pavlopetri

The submerged town of Pavlopetri is situated in shallow water between the beach of Pouda at Viglafia (near Neapoli) and the islet of Pavlopetri, opposite the island of Elafonisos. The architectural remains of this prehistoric town, visible at a depth of about three meters, were discovered in 1904 by Fokionos Negris. In 1967 the famous oceanographer Dr. Nicholas Flemming of Southampton University visited the site and subsequently published the first survey of the submerged settlement. A year later, a team of archaeologists from Cambridge University undertook the first systematic underwater survey of the ruins. In 2009, an on-going programme of exploration and excavation was begun by the University of Nottingham, the Greek Culture Ministry’s Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities and the Hellenic Centre for Maritime Research. (www.nottingham.ac.uk/pavlopetri). source elafonisitour.com Read more...