EarthQuake hits Cyprus!

jesse650

War Hero
what's all the fuss JD?.....been through 2 shakers one in Bristol......lill tiny one at 3.6 (I think....long time ago 16 yrs?) and one whilst I was on a train crossing the mohave desert that one racked an impressive 7.1 and took the train off the track was over pretty quick, after shocks ran for a while but no drama...... 8)
how was it for you? :D
 
Jenny_Dabber said:
I woke up at around 04:30am on Sunday morning to the sound of the cat going mad, things falling off my bed side table and the building shaking! OK so I am in nicosia but we felt it, my first earthquake and it scared the hell out of me! I mean it really did get to me, I grabbed the cat and stood in the door way, well I mean you see it on TV right. Not that it was that bad, hit a 4.7 on the scales!

It is one I won’t be forgetting, lucky thing is that this happened under the sea level and not actually on land and no one was hurt, not by my knowledge any how. Never being prepare for this, I really did get the heebie jeebies!

The weather really is playing up, take today, lightening storm, very low, reaching the 4th floor of the apartment block opposite work, lighting up the sky, great to look at put the frigging power keeps cutting!


An earthquake, measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale shook the south - eastern coastal town of Larnaca and nearby areas.
The temblor was felt at 4.35 am local time (0135 GMT) in Larnaca and the south - eastern resorts of Ayia Napa, Paralimni, Kiti and Zygi.

According to the Cyprus seismology centre, the epicentre of the earthquake was 10 kilometres south of the coast of Ayia Napa at a depth of 40 kilometres.

There were no reports of serious casualties or damage.
I have felt 2 now, the most significant being in Israel, that was my first and I thought I was losing it, in a hotel room and the bed started shaking, I thought "the room can't be moving so it must be me", the next thought was that it might be a big bomb going off and then realised it was a quake.
The best advice I ever got from an expert was in the event of a quake, if you don't have time to get out of the building, either lay on the floor by the side of your bed or stand in a doorway. Post quake studies show that these places usualy have less damage and you really could survive by doing something that simple.
 

come_the_day

Lantern Swinger
If anyone wants to read a quite dispassionate story of the Cyprus of the mid 20th century, pick up Bitter Lemons, by Lawrence Durrell.

There were some very nasty goings on on both sides, but it's a shame that this hasn't all died with the advent of EU support. The hatreds amongst some Cypriots are still alive and festering though. And what a beautiful place!
 
I think the Greeks were trying to do a Saddam Hussain on the Turks in Cyprus.

Cyprus is nearer Turkey than Greece anyway .

Anyway the Turkish invasion put the Greeks and the Greek Cypriots into their proper places and the place has been quite stable since . Before then it was kidnapping,killing and mob law.

Did a few months doing anti gun running patrols in my younger days sailing round that place. And was allowed to have a SMG with full mag --and no rules of engagement ----happy days!!
 

come_the_day

Lantern Swinger
Greenie said:
......Cyprus is nearer Turkey than Greece anyway .

Steady on Greenie, that argument would mean that the Falklands were Las Malvinas all the time!

For my money, the North is the more pleasant place to be, as the developers have not hit it quite as hard yet, but it seems to be coming.
 
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Greenie, the 'mob', mafia type, is still running alot over here, the Russians like to dont he black suits! I seem to see that it is only the younger generation who are really hepped up about the whole 1974 thing, esp. the American/cyp generation, funny how they never actually lived during that time.

It's like me getting all narky about Hitler and WW2, however, I'd just laugh, think Hitler was best off being killed at birth and that bullet was a waste of time.

Right, time for the drugs!
 

slim

War Hero
Turkey sent its army into Northern Cyprus to protect the Turkish Cypriots from the EOKO terrorists led by a certain archbishop Makarios.
Once again a war fuelled in the name of religion.
having worked in the North of Cyprus many times I found that most of the Northern Cypriots (they may speak Turkish but like to be referred to as Cypriots) would like the island to be unified. During my time there I witnessed several peaceful rallies calling for this.
 

andym

War Hero
And heres me thinking that the Turks were drafted in after requests from Squaddies for more Doner Kebab shops!!!!
 
slim said:
Turkey sent its army into Northern Cyprus to protect the Turkish Cypriots from the EOKO terrorists led by a certain archbishop Makarios.
Once again a war fuelled in the name of religion.
having worked in the North of Cyprus many times I found that most of the Northern Cypriots (they may speak Turkish but like to be referred to as Cypriots) would like the island to be unified. During my time there I witnessed several peaceful rallies calling for this.


It was EOKA the greek led terrorist organisation. It was all part of a land grabbing exercise --the Brits controlled Cyprus till about 1960 as a protectorate - then we handed it over with sovereign rights to the air bases . Lots of squaddies killed there up to 1959 -dangerous place.

I think they put in a peace keeping force [Nato/UN?] when we left but the Turkish Cypriots were still getting slapped about or worse so Turkey decided enough was enough and invaded .
Turks are very good soldiers and had no problems -usual threats and muttering from the greeks but they left it as is --and no changes made since.
 

slim

War Hero
Greenie said:
slim said:
Turkey sent its army into Northern Cyprus to protect the Turkish Cypriots from the EOKO terrorists led by a certain archbishop Makarios.
Once again a war fuelled in the name of religion.
having worked in the North of Cyprus many times I found that most of the Northern Cypriots (they may speak Turkish but like to be referred to as Cypriots) would like the island to be unified. During my time there I witnessed several peaceful rallies calling for this.


It was EOKA the greek led terrorist organisation. It was all part of a land grabbing exercise --the Brits controlled Cyprus till about 1960 as a protectorate - then we handed it over with sovereign rights to the air bases . Lots of squaddies killed there up to 1959 -dangerous place.

many thanks for correcting my terrorists.
As you say the reason for teh invasion was to protect the Turkish speaking cypriots.
I have spent time working in the North and have found the Northern Cypriots to be fantastic people, Doesnt seem to be any fanatism there

I think they put in a peace keeping force [Nato/UN?] when we left but the Turkish Cypriots were still getting slapped about or worse so Turkey decided enough was enough and invaded .
Turks are very good soldiers and had no problems -usual threats and muttering from the greeks but they left it as is --and no changes made since.
 

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