I could say 'this morning I am picking up the pieces after last night's 6.3 (or 6.8 depending which report you read) earthquake'. It wouldn't be a lie - a large iron candle stick fell over and broke this plate, so I do have some pieces to collect (and re-stick -because my mother gave it to me and I use it a lot) but I would be egging the pudding. Any earthquake measuring over 6 is of course bad news; It is very scary, especially types that try to pull the walls of your house apart and approach with a roar. It took a while for my heartbeat to return to normal and I stayed outside counting the aftershocks. After a few minutes, thanks to Facebook, I could relax in the knowledge that friends and family were unharmed but two people did lose their lives on the island of Kos. The change in sea level damaged plenty of boats, cars and property and a few mosques have fallen or have damaged minarets. I'm sure many people have more bits and pieces to pick up and mend than I do. I hear from a friend that one can almost get drunk from the fumes wafting from the swanky alcohol shop on Bodrum's harbour front (order wider shelves now). The roads are jammed with folk heading back to the cities. Now this does confuse me - you flee a town which has just survived a major earthquake mainly due to its policy of building two storey structures, for a city with skyscrapers - also built on a fault line. Each to his own. BUT the gist of this ramble is - everything is pretty much ok, which is why waking up to this headline makes me angry:
|Screen shot from Daily Mail 22/7|
Like my broken plate, it is not untrue but I find it totally disproportionate. I was on Marmara Island in 1999 when an earthquake killed tens of thousands - That was a 'Killer Earthquake". And just to be correct - it hit the Aegean not the Mediterranean. But I understand that they are both difficult words to spell, so in the middle of the night 'Med' was probably the easiest option.
We are still rumbling by the way.