I was sitting at Joel’s desk looking at photos, and I felt the floor vibrate. For a city girl this isn’t anything unusual. Who’s doing construction in the street, or was that a subway passing underneath us? But, here on our quiet street, in our sturdy block house, the floor shouldn’t vibrate. I’m sure I felt something, but I wasn’t sure it was something noteworthy.
Then, today, I saw these headlines, and some of the local forums also have comments from others who felt it too.
In all my years I have never felt an earthquake! Thank goodness it wasn’t anything serious that did any damage. I know earthquakes happen here but from what I understand the plates slide over each other instead butting into each other, so there’s less chance that there will be a very destructive earthquake, thank goodness.
Panama doesn’t have a lot of natural disasters. According to Prevention Web, floods are the most frequent problem. The most people killed were from epidemics, then storms, earthquake (1991 – a 7.8 in Costa Rica that also affected Panama), and floods. Over the last 30 years, 276 people died from natural disasters, an average of 9 per year. That’s not bad odds.