The Calm before the Seismos
Well... it happened again - a short very short swaying of the house - I felt the earth move - 7am another earthquake this morning! This one lasted for only 2 or 3 seconds. Last Saturday however was another story, I snapped this pic of Mytilini an hour before the earth moved for 25 seconds on the island.
Rewind ~ an hour before my friends and I were blissfully drinking coffee at Evelyn's Cafe near Sappho Square and choosing our next cool Hellenic Traditional Products! We cut our visit short so that we could go find the ever so elusive Teriade Museum! Apparently, world class yet every time I've tried to go as of the last years it's closed due to renovations. We found the Museum (which is sign posted) on the way to the airport but disappointment set in as we were met with closed shutters and overgrown grass. Surprise Surprise!
Onward and upward....to the Gulf of Gera we went where we stopped for lunch and met with our shaken taverna owner. We learned the news - earthquake - seismos, traumatimenos - scary, ena lepto - give me a minute to get my bearings.
We all looked at each other and just said did you feel it? No ~ We were in the car at 12:27 somewhere between the Teriade and the Gulf!
Well... the beautiful thing about being wired in was that we now have the technology at our finger tips and in true smart phone sucked in fashion went right online and found the location (near Limnos), north of us and the richter - 6.5!
Then we started hearing the stories ~ Angelos in Molyvos had to hold his plates on the shelf so they wouldn't break. Carolina thought her ceiling fan would fall. People rushed out of the stores in Petra even though they hadn't finished their shopping!
Every time there is an earthquake here on the island, I think about my great great grandmothers and grandfathers and how the big earthquake of 1866, March 7th impacted them. For the Ipsilometopo side, my great great grandfather, walked with a limp for the rest of his life because a stone had fallen on his leg. The old family homestead took 11 years to reconstruct after that fateful day. The ancient town of Kolmandado received a new name, Napi after the earthquake revealed the Temple of Apollo in the fields outside the village. All these small pieces make up the bigger pieces of our local and traditional history here on the island of Lesvos.
If you want to learn more about earthquakes go to the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Petrified Forest Museum in Sigri. I've been many times and each time I learn something new~! Apparently, mother earth is trying to tell us something making the earth move under our feet! And for sure this museum is OPEN!