There’s a whole lot of shaking going on, and at 9:16 this morning Ecuador received one that shook away our electricity! Lasting over a minute, this was the strongest earthquake I’ve ever witnessed, and for the first time ever, I considered gathering a few critical belongings and prepared to bolt to higher ground. I was certain that the fault near Bahia de Caraquez had belched a big one!
Power returned just as I was preparing to leave the house, and a quick check pin pointed the quake in Columbia. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/
As I retrieved my purse, camera, passport info, I realized that nothing else was of true value! In the midst of wondering if I was about to encounter a tsunami, there was little baggage, emotional or monetary, to add to my flight or fight response! The little Burrito laptop was certainly going to tag along; otherwise it would be difficult to send out a signal that said, “I’m fine!”
And I am fine. Since I have my purse, camera and mud boots on standby, I will trek to town and confirm that everyone else experienced this minute-long ground shaking, water rippling earthquake. I hope that the people of Columbia fared as well.
Surely Jerry Lee’s song makes an appropriate ending for this post!