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NEW TRAVEL VIRGINS JOURNAL POST: Coffee from Matagalpa Nicaragua #NicaraguaCoffee #Matagalpa

http://travelvirgins.net/journal/esquina-de-los-cafes.html
16th Apr 2014 - Many countries in Central America grow and export coffee and Nicaragua is no exception. Here the north-e... Curious? Check out the article.
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Moon shots taken with Olympus E-PL3 and 40-150mm lens at 150mm setting - handheld.
 
Here is the 1/2 of the "Full Eclipse" photo sequence from last night - taken up until the moon disappeared behind clouds. Mars showing in the bottom right corner, is in relation to the "Blood Moon" image on right:
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We'll see how long it will be before we are safe. A few minutes ago at 2:30: THE CHAIR I'M SITTING ON JUST GOT KNOCKED AROUND AND ANNE IS FREAKING OUT AS THE KITCHEN FLOOR IS MOVING - WENT OUTSIDE TO SEE THE CONCRETE WALL ROCKING BACK AND FORTH. - - - just checked and it was another big one - a 6.6 on the Richter scale about 50 miles south of us at Nandaime.
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I guess that something we just have to accept when living in this part of the country, are strong earthquakes from time to time.

A little over a month ago (March 2, 2014) Anne and I were awaken from our sleep to our house walls and floors shaking to a 6.4 magnitude earthquake (same strength that levelled the capital city of Managua in 1972). That was a 75km deep quake out over the ocean to the west of our home.

Just an hour ago at just before 5:30PM (April 10, 2014), we experienced our second more powerful hit. Initially rated at 6.4 by Reuters, it was reduced to a 6.1 magnitude. However that didn't change the effect that it had on us and our home.

With the loud roar and extreme shaking of floors and walls, we ran outside only to see a 10 foot high reinforced concrete wall swaying backhand forth several inches - for some time after the quake subsided. Electricity and all communication by the internet, went out and we have just had it restored in the last 15 minutes.

This quake was a different beast, being inland, just about 30 miles from our home and at only depth of about 6 miles. A couple of strong aftershocks were felt shortly after. With all of the preparation you plan on doing when an earthquake strikes - - - funny thing is that it is over before you know it. Thankfully, these times everything stayed standing and other than a couple of homes that have collapsed in Nagarote (a small city we drive by often), all seems fine.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/61-magnitude-earthquake-shake-nicaragua-23283600
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We felt the strong 5.1 magnitude aftershock that hit a half hour later at 6:01PM (I remember checking my watch) - I was sitting with my back against the outside wall when there was a loud rumble and my back/the wall shook violently for just a few seconds. Then it was all over as quickly as it came on. I guess it was on  the south side of Lake Managua (larger was on the north side) - but just as close or closer to our location.
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A FEW DAYS IN THE NORTHERN MOUNTAIN TOWNS OF NICARAGUA

A lot of new and interesting content when I headed off to the north with just my small shoulder bag containing a basic change of clothes, along with my Olympus E-PL3 and 14-42 kit lens (first generation) and 40-150 lens. Also ended up getting a contact that provided a photo story related to the coffee industry, and shot some interview video as well.
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Here is the 1/2 of the "Full Eclipse" photo sequence from last night - taken up until the moon disappeared behind clouds. Mars showing in the bottom right corner, is in relation to the "Blood Moon" image on right:
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Heading out of our home for the first time since yesterdays earthquake - we found the country is in RED ALERT status. Mostly because of high risk and at least 350 aftershocks - 6 ranging between 3.5 and 5.0 on the Richter scale.

The government Friday raised the number of injured people from 23 to 200. It also said that a 23-year-old woman had died of an apparent heart attack after the quake.

At least 17 homes were completely destroyed and another 1,000 damaged by the earthquake - about 800 damaged homes were in Nagarote (between Managua and Leon), as well as in the capital city of Managua, as well as Leon (where we live).  Electrical and water outages were also being reported. Landslides were blocking two highways south of Managua.

Managua residents said the quake was one of the strongest they have felt in many years. Anne and I can attest to the power of it.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega put the region on red alert and canceled school for today in Managua and Leon. Apparently what Red Alert means is that everyone in situations at risk of harm from aftershocks must be evacuated.

We have felt constant rumbling and noises ever since the earthquake. We were wondering if the situation just made us aware of every sound and that we were just imagining things - but based on those numbers of aftershocks - - - I guess they were real.

We find it interesting that you think that you can prepare for these things - - - and when it happens, by the time you have figured out that it's an earthquake - it's over. Also hard to imagine that something so instant and short lived as maybe 20 or 30 seconds, can have the potential to cause devastating damage for some people.
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It looks like the hospital here in the city of Leon where we live - suffered damage to the plaster on the walls - resulting in patients being evacuated.

An updated report going on here where it states 1 death, 266 injured, 1500 homes damaged, and 19 homes destroyed

#EarthquakeNicaragua #2014Earthquake

http://earthquake-report.com/2014/04/10/strong-earthquake-nicaragua-on-april-10-2014/
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Increasingly using portable drives and my Macbook Air for majority of my work - so this looks good.
 
The portable just got bigger and faster and the same size. +WD, a Western Digital company My Passport Pro... a brief article / introduction, by me... 
Western Digital announce My Passport Pro Thunderbolt Raid storage
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A FEW DAYS IN THE NORTHERN MOUNTAIN TOWNS OF NICARAGUA

A lot of new and interesting content when I headed off to the north with just my small shoulder bag containing a basic change of clothes, along with my Olympus E-PL3 and 14-42 kit lens (first generation) and 40-150 lens. Also ended up getting a contact that provided a photo story related to the coffee industry, and shot some interview video as well.
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Musician - guitarist and singer in Moods Music from 1973 - 1976

Significant - married Anne May 8'th, 1976.

Professional Photography - first paying jobs (portraits and weddings) in 1979 using a Mamyia twin lens and Photofloods. Created the paying "Love Story Session" in 1985 as an alternative to free "traditional engagement pictures". Began processing all of my color negs and prints in 1986 using Jobo processors. Main Street studio from 1989 - 1998. Fully web based since 2002.

Computer Coding - 1990, using my Atari 520ST coded a custom "Apple like" GUI with 3D pushable buttons and animations, created a relational database from scratch, built a functional clock and calendar using and adapting code from a huge IBM book that included pages and pages of coding a clock and calendar (that I didn't understand), started work on image file compression and storage compression algorithms, and built a Picture Framing application for doing all calculations, displaying a graphic showing the proportions of the mat and frame on the screen, and calculating the prices (using my homemade database).

Web Coding - Registered www.robertwatcher.com in 2002. Learned PHP and within 2 months had built my website as well as 2 additional dynamic web applications for business clients. Over the years have produced several popular single purpose FREE web apps and  utilities, primarily for photographers. Developed the (for sale) "phpCrazySite" HTML based website application for photographers, in 2006 - based on the centered flash applications being used.

Premium Web Hosting - Providing photographers and small business with a competively priced, personalized web hosting service. Since 2007 loyal clients have benefited from a fast response and generous help in all matters.

Significant - currently 4 successful adult children, 3 with spouses who Anne and I love, as well as 5 beautiful grandchildren.

I am a happy and satisfied man.
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