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Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

After a day at home doing the final edits on a story, Sunday ended with a bang. Rather, a rumble and a bang as an earth tremor rumbled past in the evening. This was an unusual one, which I can only equate to being in a West End theatre basement when a tube train went past a few feet below the ground. (Any basement near an underground line will do, I just happened to be in a theatre.) We were watching a film when we became aware of a background sound, a truck passing, perhaps, or a large ferry pulling into port. This went on for enough time for us to slowly realise it was neither of those things, and we put the film on pause. Then, the air vibrated slightly, and we knew what it was. We sat there for what felt like several seconds waiting to see what would happen and expecting the rumble to stop as it usually does. It didn’t, it became more turbulent, the house shook, and the roof rattled. That part only lasted a couple of seconds before it passed, leaving the rumble which died away a few more seconds later. All in all, I’d guess the sound/vibration went on for a good 20 seconds, if not longer. Then we took the film off pause and carried on regardless.

'University of Athens

It turns out this was a magnitude 5.3, centred 30.9 km NNE of Rhodes at a depth of 64 km (University of Athens), and you can see the placement on the map above.

Also moving about over the weekend was the Poseidon, running a couple of trips with fewer passengers due to regulations, and taking tours around the island, which was a welcome break for some. The boat was out again on Monday morning at 4.30 to take worshipers to Sesklia for the feast day St Peter and St Paul, to whom the small chapel there is dedicated. The photo below was taken later than that when the Blue Star came in. It’s difficult to capture the exact colour of the sea and sky on my phone camera, but hopefully, you have an idea of the tranquillity of the scene.

[Ironically, just as I am posting this (7.07 Monday), we’ve just had another, more traditional tremor: rumble, shake, rumble, gone in under five seconds.]

june 29th