Yesterday, at 8.42 local time, a powerful earthquake hit Guanacaste, a popular tourist destination in Costa Rica, known for its pristine beaches and nature and marine reserves. A tsunami alert was instantly declared bringing fears of widespread catastrophe, but early reports confirm there was very little damage.
Marco Calvo, our Communications Manager in Costa Rica describes how he felt when the quake hit.
“I was listening to the morning news on the radio when I heard the announcement that an earthquake was about to hit, not far from where I live. Seconds later I felt the earth begin to move under my feet. We are used to earthquakes in Costa Rica so I didn’t react at first, but I quickly realised it was increasing in strength and duration. Together with my two dogs, Draco and Manchas, I left the house and found a safe place nearby. It was one of the most powerful earthquakes I’ve felt in years”.
A WSPA response team was on the scene within hours. So far they have visited three shelters where families, whose homes were damaged by the earthquake, are taking refuge. Initial observations show that people have left their animals at home and are returning regularly to give them food and water.
We will keep you posted as the team continues to assess the situation.