Yesterday afternoon I was watching tv (I am already hooked to HGTV, the interior design channel – it is very addictive 🙂 ), and the guests were getting ready for the mall, Plaza las Américas – the biggest mall in the Caribbean and even one of the largest ones in southeastern US. All of a sudden I felt a tremor, and it seemed like the building was shaking, the big mirror leaning against the wall was making a shaking noise – was I about to faint, was it just my imagination or was it really an earthquake?? I just sat there in the sofa wondering to myself when I felt it again – yes, definitely an earthquake!
I shouted to E and M to see if they had felt it… Yes, E had felt it sitting by the computer and came running to show me that the curtains were waving back and forth… M who was standing up hadn’t felt a thing. Strange, isn’t it? It’s not the first time that I feel an earthquake, once in Italy and once in Belgium I felt small quakes – lying down.. And both times people who were standing up didn’t seem to notice them!?
I called O, he had not noticed anything in Caguas where he works (in the centre of the island). I tried to talk to the janitor downstairs in the lobby, saying that the terra muova* (the ground is moving in Italian??), but he did not understand anything of my very broken Spanish, so we decided that it was probably ok. We relaxed, a little shaken but not stirred 😉 There is a tsunami evacuation sign at the beginning of our street indicating that you should leave the coast and go to higher ground in case of a tsunami / earthquake but I think that there are sirens that will go off in case of such a situation.
The rest of the afternoon was spent shopping at Plaza and we didn’t even think about our experience until we met up with B, our Swedish friend here in PR and she said that her boss had felt the earthquake as well and apparently it was 7.4 on the Richter scale, however somewhere close to Martinique – which is halfway to Venezuela from here! You can read more about the earthquake in this article.
*) it is called terremoto in both Spanish & Italian, I looked it up for future reference…