“Greece 🇬🇷 ~Earthquake and Volcano Action In Santorini”

Just now, we had a 4.9 earthquake shake the house! Now that will break up the “Isolate at home” doldrums for sure! Daryl and I looked at each other and held our breath!…..then, the quaking stopped.  We are fine.. it lasted about 8 seconds is all, and strong enough to rattle dishes and windows.

It is 5:36PM. The shifting plate below us caused the earthquake. It was 35 miles in depth, and southeast of our location. (epicenter) 

Greece is the most “seismic” country in Europe and the 6th most seismic country around the globe. Dozens of earthquakes occur everyday, and the majority of them cannot be felt. In fact, an earthquake is only “felt,” one to three times a year and not in all locations. Today was one if those rare days!

…But that’s not all, for our excitement today, because earlier this morning, after we were up and enjoying coffee, we heard what sounded like a “fly-over” of many jets.  We raced to the window and looked out at the sky, but were instantly drawn to the caldera.  We saw no jets, or planes, nor did the roaring go away for about two minutes. It was so loud! 

Then it stopped.

The caldera is ever visible, from many parts of Santorini

These are descriptions of noises an active volcano can make: Loud explosions, bubbles bursting, rumbling, hissing, and roaring like a jet engine.

Well, the volcano definitely sounded like many roaring jet engine for sure!

I read up on the Santorini Caldera, after we arrived on Santorini last month, because we could hear the booming sounds; day and night. This sound is periodic, and similar to the boom of a cannon. The last time the Volcano erupted here was in 1950. Though the  volcano no longer has a mountain top, volcanos can and do erupt underwater.

The noise echos across the water to the village of Fira, where we are staying. Situated on the edge of the caldera, this village offers a spectacular view from over 1,300 feet above the Aegean Sea.

Although dormant, Santorini is an active volcano. Numerous minor and medium-sized, mainly effusive, eruptions have built the dark-colored lava shields of Nea and Palea Kameni inside the caldera. Their last eruption was in 1950, and now only fumarolic activity, primarily inside the recently active craters, takes place. 

The experts say it will erupt again, but they don’t know when. When it does go, they also say the cliffs of Fira and Thira, will crumble into the sea…..Tis a sad thought, indeed!

“Turkey🇹🇷 Istanbul ~Just In Case You Missed It”

I’m a bit delayed in posting our stats on our Turkey visit, but the original plan was to return to Istanbul mid June, then travel to several other places around the country, THEN post the cumulative travel on all our Turkey adventures. BUT, it was not meant to be.

Today, I ended up canceling the rest of our travel schedule, through September 1st. We had a very exciting itinerary lined up, when we left Istanbul on March 12th. Greece was only to be our 1st stop in the EU, out of 12 countries.

Now, we will fondly look back on these days and say… “Honey, remember that time we flew to Greece for eight days, and ended up staying for five months?”

Anyway, back to Istanbul, Turkey 🇹🇷…we left luggage in storage there, so we will return to Istanbul to pick that up; just not sure not sure when, as that will require open borders.

Turkey 🇹🇷 

“Just In Case You Missed It”  

Year-To-Date; Completed Travel Stats…

Currently through: March 12, 2020

Total Miles Traveled to date:  89,650 Miles

Since November of 2018, when I began this record  keeping, we have traveled through 28 countries

For our 28th Stop:  ~Turkey 🇹🇷

We flew by plane from Hurghada, Egypt to Cairo to Istanbul, Turkey: 1030 miles 

Turkey 🇹🇷 ✅, To and thru: 2010 miles 

We traveled by way of: Plane ✈️, Taxi 🚕, Trams, Metro, boating and walking

List of Traveling Points: Istanbul, Turkey… our focus was all over this amazing city of Istanbul for this first trip to Turkey.

Backstory

We began (again) from LAX, California, USA 🇺🇸 November 2, 2018.  We were gone for another full-time year of travel, prior, but did not have an. official travel blog, yet. Now, we we have a new Travel Blog Website: 2 Gypsies In The Wind http://2gypsiesinthewind.com

Pen’s Facebook: Bunny Chronicles

 https://m.facebook.com/Bunny-Chronicles-100562418040250/

Daryl’s Facebook: World Traveler

https://m.facebook.com/worldtraveleronthego/

In addition, I have photos available for viewing, which go way far back in our world travel on my photo website:  Pics By Pen      

http://picsbypen.smugmug.com 

Since November of 2018:

   1. Vietnam 🇻🇳✅    12,906 Miles

   2. Cambodia 🇰🇭✅ 1,860 Miles

   3. Vietnam 🇻🇳✅ 870 Miles

   4. Malaysia, Borneo🇲🇾✅ 3,155 Miles

   5. Brunei 🇧🇳 ✅ 672 Miles

   6. Philippines 🇵🇭✅ 4,112 Miles

   7.  Papua N. Guinea🇵🇬✅ 7,478 Miles

   8. Philippines 🇵🇭✅ 4,112 Miles

   9. Taiwan 🇹🇼✅ 1,817 Miles

10. South Korea 🇰🇷 ✅ 3,516 Miles

11. Japan 🇯🇵✅ 1,866 Miles

12. Kazakhstan 🇰🇿✅

13. Kyrgyzstan 🇰🇬✅

14. Uzbekistan 🇺🇿✅

15. Tajikistan 🇹🇯✅

16. Turkmenistan 🇹🇲✅

“Five Stan Total” 6,355 Miles

17. Mongolia 🇲🇳✅ 4,854 Miles

18. Kazakhstan 🇰🇿✅ 3,851 Miles

19. UAE 🇦🇪✅ 2,147 Miles

20. India 🇮🇳✅ 9,742 Miles

 21. Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 ✅ 1,803 Miles

22. Thailand 🇹🇭 ✅  1,630 Miles

23. Indonesia 🇮🇩 ✅  1,750 Miles 

24. Singapore 🇸🇬 ✅ 1,231 Miles

25.  Uganda 🇺🇬 ✅ 6,574 Miles 

26. Ethiopia 🇪🇹 ✅ 4,054 Miles 

27.  Egypt 🇪🇬 ✅ 1,699 Miles

28.  Turkey 🇹🇷 ✅ 2,010 Miles