News channels in Greece all put up lengthy special reports about the earthquake as if it’s a big tragedy, even describing it as a “catastrophe.” Please, let’s put things in perspective.
Earthquakes in Greece have become commonplace and pose no real threat unless panic ensues, your home is ancient and poorly built, or a factory is built on a landfill (Ricomex was a terrible and needless loss). The only characteristic I can point to is this one rolled (S-wave) and was of some length.
It may be helpful to click, “How Quakes Happen” by the BBC. Why? Because knowledge is power. If you look at the frame with the tectonic plates, you’ll notice that Greece is indeed outlined by a plate and therefore vulnerable to regular Earth movement.
For everyone traveling or living in Greece, please review earthquake safety with this quick and educational Earthquake Quiz that covers safety for different situations and “Earthquakes and Epiphany,” which details some handy guidelines. I especially recommend them to anyone who thinks running outside is a good idea. There is absolutely no reason to be frightened or worried if you understand what to do.
People who die are those that panic and run from their homes, which is the absolute wrong thing to do. In “Greece: Earthquake rattles Rhodes” (Xinhua; now removed), two people died after being struck on the head while running; they would have lived by staying put and doing the ‘duck and cover.’ Most quakes are small and do not cause injuries, as confirmed in “Quake hits western Greece.”