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Safety in Santorini: Volcano Emergency Evacuation Plan?

Old Mar 13th, 2011, 03:18 AM
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Safety in Santorini: Volcano Emergency Evacuation Plan?

Hi guys

i would like to know what to do in case of emergency and i can't seem to find any information online regarding evacuation plan/emergency plans for Santorini island.

It just that with the recent Japan quake, i think the earth is more vulnerable and thus i would like to be more prepared for my greece trip.

Of course i'm not cursing greece but just wanted to be prepared.

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Old Mar 13th, 2011, 04:15 AM
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In the case of emergency you should do what the locals do.

BTW, What do you mean the earth is more vulnerable?
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Old Mar 13th, 2011, 04:30 AM
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Most recent lavas (and thus the most recent eruptive activity) from 1950 odds are great you will be fine.

insuremytrip.com always wise though saved my bacon

last May who would have thought a volcano in Iceland

would have disrupted european travel for weeks?

Had to fly BA.com up to the Artic Circle and back down

for 14 hours to make it back to the US.

Had some pretty amazing views of the volcano though

with 500 miles of plumes dust to the south covering europe.

So I always am careful to respect Mother Nature.

Happy Journey,
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Old Mar 13th, 2011, 04:47 AM
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I am in the same situation with Sicily-- there is certainly a trend here; Iceland, Chile, Haiti, New Zealand, Japan; all known areas of high tectonic geological activity who are "acting up" :-?

In researching a bit your inquiry (wise one) I found out that the Government in Santorini has place quite a bit of faith on monitoring equipment and hence have the philosophy that a focused emergency plan is not needed because these instruments will alert way ahead of time of any impending disaster. How do you say "dumbasses" in Greek?????

A lot of Lessons Learned from the situation in Japan, known to have THE BEST preps and equipment to forecast this type of disasters; 30 seconds warning for the earthquake and 10 minutes warning for the Tsunami-- thousands dead.

In a 2000 study (most recent found!) 88% of the local Santorini residents clamored for an emergency evacuation plan and none has been drafted as far as I could look online. I suggest you ask your hotel for THEIR emergency plan; usually the emergency in hotels relates to fires but I am willing to bet that if your hotel has an emergency plan, the earthquake/volcano scenario is also probably considered. Good luck; don't let this doom & gloom ruin your enjoyment; knowledge is the best plan.

I always check fire safety escape routes when checking at a hotel; "bad" habit from working on a related field. Best you can do.
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Old Mar 13th, 2011, 05:24 AM
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You cannot legislate for some situations...you have more chance of getting run over my a bus; just go and enjoy your trip...
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Old Mar 13th, 2011, 07:35 AM
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>>You cannot legislate for some situations..
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Old Mar 13th, 2011, 08:50 AM
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Better skip Naples for sure...
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Old Mar 13th, 2011, 08:52 AM
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I usually carry a cross and a bag of garlic..we've never been caught in an eruption whilst having them.
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Old Mar 13th, 2011, 09:31 AM
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I would be more concerned about terrorists on your flight there!
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Old Mar 13th, 2011, 02:10 PM
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If you are worried about earthquakes, according to this map there have been far more in the US over the last 30 days than in all of Europe, let alone Greece: http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/qed/

Santorini looks like a safe place to be. ;-)
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Old Mar 13th, 2011, 02:13 PM
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>>You cannot legislate for some situations..
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Old Mar 13th, 2011, 07:13 PM
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Hi J62, i meant to say because of global warming, the earth is more vulnerable to change in dynamics of the crust which could spur more earthquakes and volcanoes and other natural disasters. i'm no scientist but human has caused mother earth to be in such an unhealthy state.

Scientists and those monitoring instruments, i believe we can just take it with a pinch of salt. We still have to know what to do in case of an emergency.

Thank you for all the comments and advice. and as Viajero2 puts it, knowledge is the best plan/defense. I will bear in mind to get travel insurance, be more wary of emergency exits in hotels...and carry a handful of garlic. haha
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Although I can't pretend to be a 'scientist', I do have a degree in earth science and, while I agree that global warming might (MIGHT) have some influence on the number and strength of hurricanes - and (some say) MIGHT have some bearing on volcanic activity (though unlikely) - I cannot see how it is possible that global warming can possibly influence plate tectonics. Could you explain that to me?

I'm off to Santorini in June - can't wait!
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Hi J62, i meant to say because of global warming, the earth is more vulnerable to change in dynamics of the crust which could spur more earthquakes and volcanoes and other natural disasters. i'm no scientist but human has caused mother earth to be in such an unhealthy state.
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joe-- still don't get your point and the context....

The fact that you cannot "legislate" an emergecy plan does not preclude the fiscal responsibility to discuss and have one in place....it is common sense, forget about "legislation"!!!
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Old Mar 14th, 2011, 01:36 PM
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Viajero2

It was a simple point and I fail to understand why you don't 'get it'.

That phrasing and the included words have been used for a century or more. It wasn't something that alihutch made up and she presented in perfectly in context.

Are you seriously trying to tell us that you have never heard it used before?
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OK, here's the plan: If the big one hits Santorini when you're there bend over and kiss your a** goodbye!
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I'll start doing my stretching exercises just in case!
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Guess I'd better cancel my trips to California (earthquake), Florida (hurricane), New York (Tsunami), Chicago (Ice storm), Mid-West (Tornado) and Washington (people with guns)
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I met a man with a cold in Manchester yesterday.
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