As I am sure you have not heard, another earthquake hit Mesoamerica and once again we found ourselves caught in the backlash. This time we were in the middle of watching “Ocean’s 13″ of as they called it in Mexico, “Now There Are 13,” when the screen started to bounce up and down and the chairs started to shake . We dashed for an exit but it had stopped by the time we got outside. After 10 minutes of confusion the cinema staff let us back in and on we went with the film. The funny thing is in the movie they are try and create a false earthquake to scare people out of a hotel and it is was about this far into the plot that the real earthquake hit. If these things get any more regular we might start waring hard hats anytime we’re inside.
Here is a copy from the USGS website taken about an hour after the quake, it was a 6.1.
Map Centered at 15°N, 95°W
2:30, Kate and I were watching an episode of Lost during our siesta when I started to feel the bed shake. I asked Kate is she felt it too. She thought it was just me paying a trick until I pointed out the swinging curtains, Kate’s purse, and everything else hagging on the walls. We got out of the house just in case something bad was coming on but nothing else did. Turns out there was a major earthquake int he ocean outside Guatemala and we were just ridding the waves. Read more about it at www.kateandneil.com
At 2:30 Mexico standard time (Central), while Kate and I were in a deep lost induced trans I started to feel the bed shake (we don’t have a couch). I asked Kate if she felt the shaking because I was scared my body was just doing it in response to this morning’s workout (more to come on that). She just thought I was playing a trick until I pointed out that everything on the walls including the curtains were rocking back and forth. We jumped out of the bed, turned off the TV, and moved outside in case things got worse. They didn’t. No one else in the complex mentioned anything so I was begging to doubt anything had happened until I checked my email a few hours later and a friend asked me if I was affected by the earthquake. A quick search on the Google, CNN, and the USGS site revealed that a 6.8 earthquake struck 70 miles outside Guatemala City in the Pacific Ocean. According to news feeds many people were shaken up but serous damage and causalities have yet to be reported, but we won’t be able to see the full extent of the damage until communication lines are fixed.
Well just in case anyone was worried, we are safe, San Cristobal was not affected, and Kate now knows I don’t have a sense of humor.
I was going to add a map and some links but once again the linking software is not working. Alas you will just have to search for more information yourself.