Thursday, January 08, 2009

Ricther 6.2

That's an earthquake. Not as violent as the one (7.5) in 1991, but no little tremor either. It's one of those "on the news the rest of the day" things.

Roads are closed by landslides and people stranded in the province of Alajuela. The news is reporting broken glass in the city and structural damage to homes, and at least one house was buried. I've heard of two casualties so far: two girls aged 7 and 9 years old were buried in a landslide.

Six English students and two Costa Rican scientists were working down in the crater of the Poas volcano - practically on top of the epicenter - and they've been heard from and are fine.

That's all just 10 miles northwest of here, but there's no damage anywhere I've been or seen.


Brave Sir Robin January 08, 2009 5:09 PM  


I came over as soon as I heard about it.

Glad you're OK!!!!!

Jennifer January 08, 2009 5:25 PM  

We're fine.

The babysitter told the girls, "stay calm and stay put," which is exactly right, and not exactly the most common reaction. Best way to get hurt in an earthquake is by hurrying from one perfectly safe place to someplace you think is safer. Between the dizziness and moving floors, it's a great way to break a bone or fall down the stairs.

Now we have a salad bowl with some water on it on the floor: Fun With Aftershocks!

pidomon January 08, 2009 8:59 PM  

glad you are safe

Lisa January 09, 2009 1:42 PM  

Goodness! Well, I'm glad you guys are fine and found a way to have fun with it.

quakerdave January 10, 2009 8:37 PM  

Sheesh. Scary, that.

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