Survived last night’s 7.1 earthquake with no injuries or damages.
Although we didn’t feel our first two earthquakes in Guatemala, this one was unmistakable. Shaken awake somewhere around 3am, at first we were unsure what was going on. Groggy one of us finally said earthquake. For what felt like minutes we held each other waiting for the shaking to stop, unsure of what else to do. (They don’t teach earthquake preparedness in Elementary School in Pennsylvania or Florida!).
Even though it was dark we were jostled awake with such force and could actually see the house shaking. When the quake started to subside we shouted for the others in the house and started to get outside but with everything still moving, only moving less, and things being so dark, progresss was slow. We waited for aftershocks which never came as neighbors began walking up and down the beach checking on people. One exclaimed….”I ain’t never seen anything like that before and I’m from California!” Worried about a tsunami, we sat and waited for awhile until sleep got the best of us. Unable to find any news on our radio, and realizing the worst was probably over, we cautiously assessed the house for damage (lost a few pieces of wall art and the toaster managed to make its way to the floor) and eventually went back to bed.
Power was on again by the time we woke up this AM and we even have running water. The Associated Press indicates that it was a 7.1 earthquake off the northern coast of Honduras, a few kilometers north of Utila, the island we visited last week. More information can be found at the USGS. We’ll check out our village and post pictures/video of anything interesting.