7.6 magnitude earthquake in Costa Rica 05/09/2012

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Today Costa Rica was hit by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake, one of the strongest earthquakes to hit in over 50 years. We are incredibly fortunate that the initial death tolls are low, but we can’t turn an eye on the damage that it has done to parts of the country and peoples lives. The earthquake hit around 8.30am this morning, and within one hour we had received news via text message and been issued a tsunami warning. At the time of the earthquake I was surfing, and when it hit the sea made a strange judder and pulsated for about eight seconds. It was a really weird sensation. We all looked around at each other in the line up in confusion about what had just happened. People on the beach began to wave their friends in. I instantly knew what had happened and got out of the water immediately. By the time I got home it was all over the news, and tsunami warnings had been issued. However, once I found out that the epicentre was in fact here in Costa Rica in Samara, I knew the likeliness of a tsunami hitting was dramatically decreased, and a couple of hours later the tsunami warning was lifted. We were all seriously lucky here today, and things like this just remind you that the earth is an incredibly powerful thing. We should never take anything for granted or underestimate the power of mother nature, because in one split second everything can be taken away. I want to thank everyone who has been in touch over the last few hours with messages and kind comments, it really means a lot. Finally I want to send out big love and support to all of our family and friends affected around Costa Rica, probably the strongest country in the world!

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  1. Shannon

     /  September 6, 2012

    Hey Evie, glad to hear you and Nancy (and Fina) are doing well!!!

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  2. Steve V.

     /  September 6, 2012

    Glad you girls are ok! Thoughts and prayers are with you and all of Cost Rica!

    Reply

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