Helicopters have been out in full force this morning. They must be surveying/assessing possible damage. I haven’t heard anything about any deaths or major damage. Our neighborhood/town is fine. The epicenter was about twenty miles northeast from here. The quake was so deep that I don’t think the damage was as bad as it could have been. The only sign left over from last night’s tremor is a small crack dead center in the sheet rock of the ceiling outside under the patio. Fixable.
In the early evening, David and I walked to an Italian Pizzeria that is our favorite in Atenas. The owner (Alida) is a woman from El Salvador. She hand tosses all the dough right in front of you, and you get to watch as she slides it all into an outdoor stone oven. David had a large pepperoni, which he nearly consumed by himself. I had the calzone. It was fantastic.
We walked home in the dark, got in and nearly settled, and that’s when the shaking began. I disagree about the swaying. It was like the ground was the popper, and I was the popcorn. I grabbed David and we went out into the backyard. You could hear the entire house rattling. We never lost power. Cell phone service went out for about fifteen minutes, and I couldn’t get in touch with the Ezells. I couldn’t talk with them by phone, but by seeing Kelly’s Facebook posts, I knew all was fine.
Here is some of an article from Inside Costa Rica. “It was few minutes before 8:00pm when a 5.9 magnitude earthquake shook Costa Rica’s capital, San José, startling residents and knocking items off shelves. Some people fled their homes and buildings were evacuated as alarms went off all over the city.
The U.S. Geological Survey reports the tremor occurring at a depth of 98 kilometres (60 miles) some 45 kilometres (30 miles) North North West (NNW) of San José, near Zarcero.
The tremor lasted between 30 and 40 seconds, but felt longer to many, some saying they felt a swaying motion, like being on a boat, rather than a jolt.
The Cruz Roja (Red Cross) and the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) said no reports of damages or injuries were received.”
It’s a beautiful day so far. The shining sun and slight breeze are refreshing. The clouds are building, so the late afternoon showers are on their way. I’ve got some floors to mop and some sheets to launder. I’m welcoming home Steve and Stephanie tomorrow. We have missed them.