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Hazardous Holidays: Earthquake in Kos

October 2017

On Friday 21 July 2017, an earthquake hit just off the coast of the Greek Island of Kos, and Turkish city of Bodrum in the Aegean Sea. The quake was 6.6 magnitude and triggered a tsunami. Two tourists were killed, and many others were forced to flee their hotel rooms as the quake hit at 1.30am local time

In this article we hear from former geography teacher Louise Barnes - who was on holiday at the time - about her experience and consider how infrastructure and everyday life in Kos was affected.

Throughout the article, we reflect on tourism in hazardous areas.

Key questions

  • Where did it happen?
  • Why did it happen?
  • What was it like to experience an earthquake?
  • Should tourists be holidaying in hazardous areas?

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