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withoutego
5/26/2019 03:52 EST

got up to take antacid and watch youtube while it acted.....everything started shaking..... 02:45 Sunday.

put together a bug out kit (something I haven't done here in nine years.

hope nobody was hurt too bad at the epicenter

or was I dreaming?

sintremblor

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withoutego
5/26/2019 20:11 EST

I should have only created one thread for the earthquake. but at the time it seemed like earth shattering news

I have compared experiences with several people in Vilca. The experience varied depending where you were in the valley. One friend had a single little cup leap from a hook and a picture hang crooked afterward. Some dogs and cats went bonkers and some didn't pay any mind.

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kmarch
5/26/2019 22:41 EST

The quake was probably the strongest to hit the planet so far this year.
And in 30% of the last 20 years - it would have qualified - as the strongest to hit the planet at 8.0.
So - The question is . . . did you have insurance if you needed it?
Did you live or die if you were close to the epicenter?

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kmarch
5/26/2019 22:41 EST

The quake was probably the strongest to hit the planet so far this year.
And in 30% of the last 20 years - it would have qualified - as the strongest to hit the planet at 8.0.
So - The question is . . . did you have insurance if you needed it?
Did you live or die if you were close to the epicenter?

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windshadow
5/27/2019 19:52 EST

Insurance, nope didn't have any and didn't need any, the odds are in my favor. I am betting nothing is going to happen and if I buy insurance I would be betting against myself. This is Ecuador and insurance companies seldom pay anything, except for a ticket out of town.

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withoutego
5/28/2019 14:11 EST

Last I saw there was one fatal in the town nearest the epicenter. The damage didn't look that bad from the phone photos posted. It was 60 miles down - maybe that's the reason.

insurance? Build the house on rollers like the Japanese are doing. Or on springs as in Cheyenne Mountain.

that would make Linoleum feel like deep pile carpet....... mushy mushy

sinego

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withoutego
5/28/2019 14:16 EST

Oh Oh I forgot

There were reports of an "Earthquake fish" coming up from the depths and beaching on the coast of Peru a DAY before the quake....this is documented as having happened before - thus their name.

They are animals too and maybe the seismic clues are carried in sea water at depth even better than whatever low frequency sound terrestrial animals are spooked by.

good luck to all

sin

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CeridenNilsson
5/28/2019 14:59 EST

I left Vilcabamba two days before it happened, flying back from Loja Airport into Quito on Friday morning of the big holiday weekend in Quito. Interestingly, several expats had said that one of the advantages of living in Vilcabamba was no volcanoes. Now I see that the earthquake was in north central Peru. They did not say, no earthquakes. I guess I thought that earthquakes and volcanoes were along similar lines. Glad no one is hurt. I shall check more into it. Cerriden

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CeridenNilsson
5/28/2019 15:06 EST

I just posted but had not read the news yet about the earthquake in Peru since the Quito celebrations of Independence weekend seemed to take over everything.

Wow, major situation: A headline: Magnitude 8 earthquake strikes Amazon jungle in Peru
The most powerful earthquake to strike Peru in over a decade has rocked the Amazon jungle and causing residents in Lima to flee their homes in fear.

Astonishing. I hope all affected are doing OK and that help from many sources has been sent. Cerriden

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withoutego
5/28/2019 16:53 EST

The seismograph said 8.0 or so for the physical but....like wind chill, there is a psychological Richter scale. For me here in Vilcabamba that morning the effect was just into the red zone.

The duration was the kicker....half a minute. But the movement was not violent. It was strong but gentle. I had no way of knowing it was 260 miles from us and 60 miles down but somehow I didn't think it was close or under us as it was happening.

Volcanoes and earthquakes - Both like to live along plate edges. Seems intuitive that the shocks might shift the plates where they are briefly stuck as they grind past one another. Called subduction I believe. Maybe opening a channel from a magma chamber to the barrel of a volcano?

We are like ants living along an elephant pathway.

So I will miss all this action in a couple of days as I fly back to summer. Good luck to all

sinterrimotosmas

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