Day 153 Earthquakes times three

I had the pleasure of being in an earthquake last year in Costa Rica. Well, I had to one up that, didn’t I? I was in not just one this time in Ecuador, but three. The first was 6.8 in the middle of the night and shook the bed really good. The guys next door actually fell out of bed. I could hear people screaming. The next day at noon another one hit at 7.2. I was inside this building shooting out the area that is right behind which has chairs to sit on and on the perfect level for photographing the hummingbirds perching outside. I actually thought that the kitchen staff right next to me was using a blender at first, as everything was shaking loudly. Next thing I knew, one of the staff came running out the kitchen screaming, “earthquake, get out”. ┬áThe things started falling off the counters and breaking in the kitchen about then. The whole building was rocking. When I got outside, I looked back and you could see the building swaying. There was a 7 year old grandchild of the owner there that was screaming with fear. It was pretty scary. The third was a mild 3.1 aftershock you barely could notice. It was quite the adventure! This is the building I was in(right behind the guys is where I was shooting out of). That is Charlie, Tom U, Steve, me and ┬áTom S right after the quake. It didn’t stop us from shooting for long. My tripod was still inside the building. There were actually 13 of us in all. This was at Mindo Loma.

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