the earth shaking…

I was planing to post a watercolor painting however, as I was finishing the post, the earth moved and not in a nice way!
A strong quake shook us here in Athens bringing back memories of the big one in 1999.



This one was ‘just’ 5.1R however the epicenter was so close and near the surface that it felt like the building was being …uprooted – shaking up and down and sideways!
One of the frightening things about such earthquakes is the rumbling sound while it lasts [and those seconds seem so very long!].



Anyway, our eyes and ears are focused on the Athens Institute of Geodynamics for updates. So far, however unpleasant it may be or sound, we’re having many aftershocks ranging from 2.5 to 4.4 on the Richter scale, which makes seismologists say that it was most likely the main one. Still, for a couple of days, we have to be alert…
Athens Institute of Geodynamics

So, I just wanted to let everyone know, all is well here.

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  1. Hope it is over, sometimes along the St Lawence river there will be some quakes, usually not more than 4 or 4,5 on the the Richter scale, one time, many years ago, in MOntreal we felt one that happened in Charlevoix about 600 km from here and not a funny feeling when you feel that stange shaking…but keep painting, well I am better at telling it than doing it..:)

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    • Thank you, my friend! Thankfully it seems that yesterday’s was the main one but we still wait for some 4+R so that it gradually dies down… Have a lovely and creative weekend. 🙂

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  2. I thought of you and Oannes right away when I heard about the earthquake. I’ve often wondered what a pairing would look like if a painter were to “paint” an earthquake or the effects of the shaking of an earthquake – and perhaps your photos of seismographs offers a clue. Anyway, glad you are okay. Take care.

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    • Funny I was thinking that… Sometime after the earthquake, when I restarted my computer and began looking for images for the event, I thought it would have been funny if the tremor had caught me painting! 😉 Thanks, my friend. Even though it wasn’t a big one we were right next to the epicenter so it was quite frightening at the time. We’re still on the wait for more 4s but knowing yesterdays was the main one, is reassuring.

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        • They’re my first thought always when something like that happens. On the big one back in ’99, at the first shock I took Igor [our beautiful shorthair pointer – no longer with us] in my arms and went to a safe place. I was amazed afterwards when we all left the building that there were people who’d left their pets behind… I understand how panic can make people react but this is elementary. They completely depend on us…
          Almost 24hrs have passed and all’s well. One more day to feel safer. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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  3. I’m in Ohio, not exactly earthquake country. I think it was the summer of 1980 I was working on our T-Bucket in the driveway. I was laying on the ground when it moved with me under the car. Everything on the walls in the garage clanked around and my dad comes out. We just stared at each other because it’s Ohio…

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  4. The two things I fear most are Cyclones & Earthquakes; having experienced both I can well understand that you feel apprehensive.
    Glad in was a relatively small one but one never knows if it’s a precursor for the big one, so with luck nature or the Gods are only playing games.
    Be safe and have a glass of vino, if nothing else it will calm the mind 🍷🙂

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    • Both?!!!!! I’ve only experienced extremely strong winds but not a cyclone of great magnitude.Thankfully most seismologists say the it was the main one, so we’re just ‘happy’ to be feeling lots of smaller aftershocks… A glass of vino is probably a good idea! 😉 Cheers! 😉 🙂

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        • Oh, no!!!!!!!!
          Ah…. yes!!!!!!!! …but indeed we are tiny play things!!! You reminded me of my first big one [1981, 7,3 Richter], happened at night and we all spent the night in the car with a bottle of whisky [not Malt though]… well I was too young to drink but I do remember everyone sharing that bottle! 😉

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  5. I’m very glad to hear that. Earthquakes are so frightening and unpredictable. We just experienced a big quake in California, many aftershocks, but things seemed tohave calmed down. Glad you are safe and doing beautiful work as always. ❤

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