We know that earthquakes do happen in Costa Rica, and elsewhere in Central America, but we didn't think we would experience one this soon. Coming from California, we both have experienced numerous earthquakes - from little tremors, to big jolts and rolling waves. Thankfully, it's usually not a big deal.
We were sitting on the couch a little before 10pm last night, watching TV, when I started to feel like the couch was moving. I turned to Mark and said "I think we're having an earthquake." We're on the top floor of a three story building, so we probably felt it a little more than most people. We looked up at the hanging light above us for confirmation and, sure enough, it was gently swaying. In my experience, earthquakes above the 5.0 level seem to last a long time. This quake seemed to only last about 6-8 seconds - of course, it always seems longer.
We researched it the next day and found out the quake occurred off coast of El Salvador, registering a strong 7.3 on the Richter scale. By the time it reached Costa Rica is was registered at a 5.3. It was felt as far away as Panama.
Posted by Tina