There are earthquakes in Panama. We have felt quite a few. Panama is in the “ring of fire” known for volcanos and earthquakes. A few days ago we had a fairly big one, 6.1, on the Panama – Costa Rica border just down the road from us. We were sitting on the terrace at the time and it was a strange to feel the earth shaking and rolling under us. The locals said its the strongest they have felt, and it was fairly long also.

Reuter’s News

Pictures of supermarkets with everything on the floor made the rounds. There was news of some older homes damaged, but the injury in the news story is the only incident I’ve heard about where someone got hurt. I’m happy that our house is strong with reinforced corners and doorways. We don’t even have a crack.

I wrote a post in the past about our earthquakes and the tectonic plates. I’ve heard that they tend to move over each other rather than bump into each other which is why we tend to get the shaking and rolling quakes which are less destructive than the jarring, knock everything over type.

We also have volcanoes. The country was made by volcanoes! Thankfully the one in our backyard has been quiet for 400+ years, though it is still classified as active. Our neighbors in Costa Rica and Nicaragua have had more activity though with volcanoes spitting ash, smoke, and gas, and the occasional eruption.

But, we don’t have hurricanes, snow, deadly tornadoes, or many other weather related problems that cause trouble elsewhere. So I think all in all, Mother Nature is pretty kind to Panama.

An earthquake gives us something to talk about for days. I think it’s the most dramatic thing that goes on around here. Otherwise we talk about are the iguanas who ate the flowers again, the chance of rain, the cows who got loose, and is the water off again? La vida difícil.

About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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11 Responses to Earthquake!

  1. Eliza Ayres says:

    Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal.


  2. Jim says:

    Kris. I so enjoy your posts!

    Thank you,


  3. Sharif Jairam says:

    Omg Panama is a beautiful country so are the people. …!!! Will never want to know that it’s destroyed by any natural disaster. ..


  4. Steve McCune says:

    Looks like you just had another this afternoon! Whatever can be shaken shall be shaken. 😳


    • We did?! I’ve been home and didn’t feel anything, and nobody on Facebook is talking (which usually isn’t the case if anyone felt something). Hmm…. I’ll have to go take a look at the tracking websites. But yes, it shall be shaken from time to time. People say this is much better, like more frequent small adjustments, better than nothing and then a really big one.


  5. Kristin Lyman says:

    Glad all is well and wonderful with you GF. Not a big fan of earthquakes, I’ve been in some really big ones and you are so right, much better to have the small and medium for them to release a little pressure than to have it build up to a big one. I would much rather talk about the iguanas eating the flowers and chase the cows out of the yard.


    • Ok, we will talk about iguanas. I cut down the rest of my passion fruit vines since they eat every single flower and there will never be fruit 😡 . And, now there are bright green babies running around, and my neighbor’s hibiscus flower are gone. See the problems we have! 😭 Hope all is well with you and look forward to your return!


  6. Scott Saunders says:

    La vida difícil. 🙂 No, es tranquilo. Great perspective Kris, attitude is 90% of everything. I enjoy reading your words.


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