How common are Earthquakes in Cyprus – Is there a reason to worry?

cyprus earthquakes

Geologically Cyprus is based on several tectonic plates which make it seismically active zone which is prone to earthquakes and other natural disasters. Tectonic movement in this area never stops for a minute and the pressure under the crust of eath is released in form of earthquakes, Monitoring seismic services keep an eye on every minor vibration throughout the Alpine-Himalayan seismic belt on daily basis.

Although, most of the earthquakes are not very high intensity and it is one of the quietest regions in the Alpine-Himalayan belt.

The coastline of Cyprus, stretching from Paphos to Famagusta are more prone to minor earthquakes which has no major effects on the buildings and population. Throughout history, Cyprus has been suffered many earthquakes with different intensity.

There are many pieces of evidence specifying devastating earthquakes in the Paphos, Limassol, Larnaca, Famagusta, these cities were repeatedly devasted with the strong tectonic activities.

One of the major cause of the destruction in ancient time was a poor strength of the building structures which usually collapsed quite easily, but the new age of architects has designed the new Cyprus in such a way that it can sustain medium strength earthquakes.

Is there a reason to worry?

Cyprus has experienced earthquakes in the early centuries because of unavailability of technology and poor structural strength but today’s buildings are built to withstand natural calamities and there is nothing to worry about.

Some tips to survive earthquakes

  • Have a plan, it’s always essential to stay ready for any natural disaster. Locate a safe place in every room where you can hide.
  • Consult some professional to keep yourself educated about the do’s and dont’s.
  • Keep the supply of canned food, water, a battery radio operator, flashlight, whistle, and dust mask.
  • If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from building, high-tension electric line and trees.
  • If you are in a car, slow down and head to a clear place. Stay in the car until the shaking stops.

Earthquakes are unpredictable and they can strike anytime with a strong force, if you are visiting a place which has a history of earthquakes then it’s better to keep yourself ready for any adverse instances.

 

Facts About Cyprus That You Might Not Be Aware Of

cyprus facts

Cyprus is an island country located at the Mediterranean sea at the crossroad of Europe, Africa, and Asia. It’s a country with a rich history and culture, today we are going to discuss some of the extraordinary Cyprus facts that you have probably never heard before.

  1. Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean sea.
  2. Some of the world’s oldest water wells can be found in Cyprus
  3. Cyprus got its independence from British rule in 16th August 1960, but Cypriots celebrates their independence days on 1st October of every year.
  4. Legends say that the goddess of love the Aphrodite was born in Cyprus, this island country is also known as the playground of gods.
  5. The country is divided into two parts, south Cyprus and North Cyprus. The northern part of Cyprus consists of Turkish people and southern part mainly consists of Greek peoples.
  6. Taxi drivers at Cyprus are not used-to of returning change after the drive, they consider it as their tip. If you are not in the mood to let go those extra bucks then you better keep the change while you take a ride.
  7. The whole town in Cyprus is a UNESCO world heritage site. Yes, Paphos has been recognized as a world heritage.
  8. With the wine history of about 5000 years, Cyprus is also one of the oldest wine producing countries in the world. today there are about 50 wineries across that country where you can make a visit and taste different type of wines.
  9. Aiya Napa that is recognized as the world’s best destination for buzzing nightlife was few years back nothing but a thick forest.
  10. Cyprus beaches are continuously named as the cleanest beaches in the whole of Europe, a total of 64 coastal lines received the blue flag certification in 2016.
  11. World’s oldest perfume was also discovered in Cyprus, in 2007 archeologist discovered perfume bottles that were around 4000 years old.

From castles to beaches, things worth doing in Limassol

mediaval castle

Limassol castle is one of the main tourist attractions in Limassol. However, there are so many things you can while paying a visit to Limassol. These include but not limited to seeing the castle, beaches, and other tourist attractions.

Things to do in Limassol.

Visiting the Limassol castle

This castle dates back to the medieval period. Apparently, one queen of England was crowned here in 1911. It was built during the Ottoman rule. However, different archeological studies indicate different dates.

What makes this place special is that it’s packed with lots of Cyprus history. Apparently, the lower areas of the castle was once a prison. While there you will get to see coins, pottery, and weapons from different eras in history.

Visiting the beaches.

limassol beachesIf not at the Limassol castle then you can hit the beaches. Limassol is dubbed the beach lovers heaven. This place has a coastline of like 16 km along the Mediterranean sea. Some of these famous beaches are the Avdimou Beach, Kourion Beach, Afroditi beach among others.

Enjoy the waters, walking along the beaches and swimming. Plus the beauty of these beaches a vibrant city center where you can enjoy various cuisines of Cyprus.

Visiting Kourion

Packed with history is this UNESCO protected park. It dates back to the Roman era. This theatre is amazing and most things are intact. It has got beautiful mosaics to feast your eyes on.

You can also check out the Episcopal precinct, the two basilicas and the seat of Kourion’s bishop.

Fasouri Watermania

If you feel young at heart and are packed with energy, you will have a blast visiting these water parks. They are some of the best in Cyprus. This is ideal for families, especially if you have little kids to amuse.

You will find everything here. Slides, pools, restaurants. There are like 22 attractions to amuse yourself.