If you missed the meeting today you missed another excellent presentation by Dr. Bormann who travelled from near Jaco Costa Rica to educate us. The quality of many presentations like this is excellent and I am dismayed when half the seats in the BCP are empty. It is makes me question if the effort of those who organize and present is worth the effort for a disinterested community.
The presentation on Tsunamis was a good university survey level presentation. The summary is that if you are on the coast, any coast and feel an earthquake for over 10 seconds in duration put away the surf board and head for higher ground and stay there until you hear an all clear. It can take hours for a Tsunami to hit and they are usually multiple waves, the first not being the largest. Another signal of an impending Tsunami is if the ocean retreats further than normal, then run for higher ground because it indicates a tsunami wave is in route.
When asked if he had any knowledge of Tsunamis in Panama Dr. Bormann said no, but there is little written history. He commented of an island which had an old legend of tsunami flooding and that that legend coupled with observations of nature saved many people when the island was hit by a tsunami. The residents had fled the coast already. It might be of interest that I spoke to locals in Pedesi a couple of years ago. I asked why no one built on the beaches there until recently, they had similar local folktales of waves sweeping the beaches clear of earlier structures.
This is Fat Tuesday, it is also the official Carnaval holiday in Panama so don’t expect much to be open. The exodus from the national Carnaval fiestas will start later today and end tomorrow as people head back into real world again. Be careful drinking and driving, in fact don’t do it.
Here in Boquete the big event is at Fuzion Grill starting at 5pm. I hope to see you there.