Relocating during Pandemic
I been through a number of 6.5+ earthquakes in Japan and they will get your full attention but never experienced any real damage. This should be true as long as the buildings are constructed to handle the movement, unless things get much over a nearby 7.0+ magnitude quake. The good news is they rarely last more than a minute or so, although sometimes 30 seconds of shaking feels like forever.
@vicanuck That’s quite a statistic, didn’t realize the level of seismic activity. Last time I visited Jamaica, (last January, seems like forever ago lol), there was one offshore close to a 7 and everybody else I was with felt it but me. Difference was they were on lounges and I was standing on sand.
The Danish West indies were struck by an earthquake and subsequent tsunami in 1867 destroying charlotte amalie and the frederiksted waterfront.
The port royal Jamaica earthquake and tsunami were in 1692 and reset the pirate economy affecting all the islands.
And of course the Haiti earthquake in 2010 killed over 300,000 people.
Welcome to the Caribbean.
Hello again to all ! We took our first post-Covid flight out of JFK, with our cocker spaniel in tow, and it was the easiest flight we’ve taken in a long time. No lines, TSA was a breeze, we did the V.I. portal with negative test results to show at the Charlotte Amalie airport, and got a rental car (from a local resident, who rents several vehicles out to visitors). Yes , the roads are quite interesting and sort of roller coaster-like. First two days there was a squall which brought refreshing rains, no problem. Used the time inside to clean up the condo ( was used extensively as an Air BNB until we closed on the property in March).
Impressions so far : yes food can be pricey, we first tried Moes Market which was double the price of New York area grocery stores. Okay, there is a price for paradise, to be sure. But we are just so over the moon about the views, the blue water all around us, friendly welcoming neighbors. The vibe is just so wonderful, and so far, for the first time since the whole coronavirus pandemic unfolded, it almost feels normal. Yes the crowds are conspicuously missing, no ships in town, but to be honest, it’s really special to experience STT this way. Today we swam in the velvety waters of Sapphire Beach, yeah I still feel like I’m dreaming.