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City man caught up in earthquake; EX-LANDLORD OF PLYMOUTH PUB IS UNSCATHED.

Byline: AARON GREENAWAY aaron.jamesgreenaway@reachplc.com

THE former landlord of a popular Plymouth pub has described the moment he was caught up in the terror of a 6.6 magnitude earthquake that has killed at least 30 people in Turkey and Greece.

The earthquake, which happened last Friday, was the worst experienced in the country for 29 years, according to a local he spoke to.

Steve 'Bish' Bishop, the ex-landlord of multi-award-winning Barbican pub Porters - which was home to Plymouth's Liverpool FC supporters - was staying in Aydin, Turkey, where he lives at certain times of the year with his wife, Sharon, when the earthquake hit.

Aydin is near Izmir, Turkey's thirdlargest city, where buildings were toppled by the force of the wake.

While Steve and Sharon survived unscathed, over 800 were injured and at least 30 dead in the natural disaster.

Mr Bishop described he moment it happened. He said: "It was just another glorious day in Turkey when it happened. We were pottering around when I decided to call my daughter on a video call. While on the call, I noticed all the dogs in the area were barking at the same time when Sharon asked me if I could feel it.

"It was then I could feel everything started to shake. I turned my camera around while on call to my daughter, showing the lampshades shaking from side to side, then the whole villa was moving. It was such a scary feeling. I felt hopelessness, not knowing what to do, and after about 40 seconds it stopped, although it felt much longer."

"I was talking to one of the locals and he explained it was the worst tremors for 29 years and that local people were moving their cars away from the buildings and setting up tables away from buildings, presumably waiting for aftershocks." Steve added that the experience was a reminder of the fact you cannot control nature. "At the point afterwards, you realise how fragile life is and how no-one can control nature at it's worst", he said.

"While myself and Sharon are fine, we want to send our heartfelt thought to all those who have lost their lives and been injured in this devastating tragedy,"

he added.

The earthquake struck Turkey's Aegean Coast and the north of the Greek island of Samos last Friday afternoon. It also triggered a small tsunami, with the quake resulting in hundreds of aftershocks.

The earthquake was felt as far away as Athens and Bulgaria, in addition to the eastern Greek islands.

Turkey and Greece are crossed by fault lines and are prone to earthquakes. In 1999, two powerful earthquakes killed around 87,000 people in north-western Turkey.

In a rare show of solidarity, Greek and Turkish government officials issued mutual messages of solidarity.

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Sharon and Steve Bishop ERIN BLACK

A moment of rest for a member of the rescue services in Izmir yesterday EMRAH GUREL/ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Author:AARON GREENAWAY aaron.jamesgreenaway@reachplc.com
Publication:The Plymouth Herald (Plymouth, England)
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Date:Nov 2, 2020
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