Well, THAT was certainly an interesting evening. I was in bed, dreeeeeeeeaming away until I was jolted awake by what felt like my bed balancing on the top of a huge bowl of jello. It felt like some giant had reached into the refrigerator that was my bedroom and shook the bowl back and forth to see if it had set up yet. Something started banging on my roof, something fell off of the ledge next to my bed and then I knew immediately what was going on. Ironically, I had JUST been reading a guy’s blog that night about his time in Puerto Viejo and he described going through his first earthquake too. I look at the clock 3:43 a.m. The dogs started barking, the howler monkeys started yelling and the shaking stopped.
Once I had my wits about me, I knew I should probably go outside. Then I was worried about the huge trees and electrical poles and determined I was somehow safer in the doorway of my bedroom. I stood there a while and nothing else happened. Boy, I’ve never felt anything like that before. It was somewhat terrifying. It’s almost indescribable how the bed just felt like it was floating on water…the legs of it knocking against the floor…I seriously felt like Linda Blair in the Exorcist for a fleeting moment. The howlers would NOT calm down for a long time.
So I go back into bed. I stay awake thinking about what just happened and how I had just told my dad that I thought I’d been hearing some kind of activity lately. It sort of sounded like thunder, but it wasn’t quite thunder. Then I realized that I’m about a foot above sea level and the beach is one minute away. Hmmmmm. Ok, I should get on the internet and make sure there are no alerts out. I HIGHLY doubt there are any warning systems here unless the police go around with a loudspeaker and by that time, it could be too late. I could hightail it up Margarita Road (probably run into the dog again) if I needed to get to high ground.
So I type in (as I had just done the day before) ‘earthquake costa rica’ and in big red bold letters on the first page, it read: ‘5.6 magnitude earthquake 12 km SSW of Guabito, Panama’. I click on the link and see that it’s very close to where I live. That border line between CR and Panama is where I am. I think I’m about 20 miles from the border, maybe less.
I couldn’t find any alerts and seeing that it happened inland I sort of doubted a tsunami, so back to sleep I went. All is well and there were no damages reported in Panama from what I’m reading on the news.