Thursday, September 6, 2012
MAJOR NEARBY EARTHQUAKE!!
A 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica's northwest province of Guanacaste. That is where Tamarindo is located. The epicenter was only about 25 miles (40 km) south of Tamarindo.
Most important, there apparently was only one reported casualty. Sadly, a woman in her 50's in Filadelphia died of a heart attack during the earthquake. Filadelphia is twice as far from the epicenter as Tamarindo.
I am at our home in Scottsdale right now, rather than at one of our condos in Tamarindo. Reports from our property management company are that both of our condos are just fine, without structural damage to the buildings and without even broken water lines. Roof tiles were shaken off the buildings and glasses and dishes fell out of the cabinets and shelves.
We watched out condo building as it was being constructed. The walls and floors are solid concrete, with lots of rebar. Even many of the interior walls are concrete. Thank goodness the construction was so strong that the buildings would survive a major quake so close.
The earthquake was felt throughout Costa Rica, and also in Nicaragua and Panama. Most of the news reports reaching the international media come from the capitol of San Jose, which is 90 miles (144 km) away from the epicenter. The reports were that the quake was frightening because it lasted a long time, but there were not aftershocks. There are interruptions to some electricity and other services. Costa Rica does not have a military, so it lacks the emergency response capabilities that are often provided by a military. The people are resourceful, and reports were that people stayed calm and are helping each other.
I am using a photo of a mosaic in the Tamarindo Catholic church to illustrate this post about the earthquake. I will resume the beach series tomorrow.
This week we have more photos of Julie's raft trip through the Grand Canyon on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.