As Ecuadorian workers count the dead and calculate the damage, Costa Rican emergency officials are remembering the April 22, 1991 quake that rocked the Province of Limón and Panamá.
The quake was the worst to ever hit the country in recorded history.
This, too, was in the 7-point range, calculated at a magnitude of 7.6. This week the public libraries in Siquirres, Matina, Puerto Viejo and Limón are hosting exhibitions about what has been learned from the disaster, which is called the Changuinola quake. The epicenter was estimated to have been under the Valle la Estrella.
In Costa Rica there were 48 deaths, 651 injuries and 4,451 homes destroyed. In neighboring Panamá there were 79 deaths and 1,061 injured.
The quake raised the shore line in Limón by more than a meter and left coral exposed, said the national emergency commission in recounting the disaster Tuesday.
Regional emergency officials are meeting Thursday in Hotel Maribu Caribe to discuss the lessons learned and plan for future coordination.