For those who keep track of this, we have been going through some extremely rough weather lately. The whole of Crete has been hit with strong – 10 Beaufort – winds, with the usual, to-be-expected results: roofs flying off, electricity poles (wooden, waddayathink?) uprooted or snapped, cables broken, the works. Large areas have been without electricity, some for more than 24 hours, telephones were out of order, my internet connection too of course.
And it wasn’t limited to the coastal areas either this time: quite some villages inland of Iraklio prefecture, Agia Varvara and Gergeri amongst them, experienced successive interruptions to electricity, Agia Pelagia, Voni, Archanes and Viannos were without power most of the night, most hit were Kyparissi and Prophitis Elia, whose inhabitants saw the lights off at 8 o’clock in the evening on Monday and are still waiting for a fix, despite desperate calls to the power corporation, according to the news flash I just saw.
Police, fire department, emergency services, technicians from the electricity company have all been working overtime, sometimes even using taxis to get to their destination. Some people have been sitting in the dark and the cold for hours on end and spent the night looking for warmth and company in kafeneíons. In Mochlos, Siteia, fishermen saw their boats sink in the harbor without being able to do anything about it. Chania looked like a “war zone” according to the local press, with all traffic banned since Monday morning.
Here in Iraklio there were six teams of technicians of the electricity company running around in panic to cure the worst cases of disruption of the totally obsolete and ill-maintained network infrastructure, sometimes having to return to the same disaster spot a second or a third time, after having “fixed” the problem initially.
In short, it was fun, nature taught us again how vulnerable we are. I of course slept through most of that, as usual,…
Whoops! This just in: it seems that we have just (10:00:58 UTC) been hit by a mild (3.8 magnitude) earth quake some 20 km off the coast to the north of Iraklio. See the red dot in the picture. Didn’t feel that one either, yet this time I was not asleep. I swear I was not! No, that is my thinking posture!