I was watching TV in my parent´s, since I was Insomniac that night.
Don´t remember if it was Novemver or December, 1986 (more likely to be December).
It was on rural Rio Grande do Norte state, it was a place in-between Vera Cruz and Bom Jesus. The only sound was of the TV set, that I had turned the volume down not to wake up them, it was like a softly whisper almost. The sounds of crickets could be heard.
On about 5 o´clock, or whereabouts, I heard this noise as a if a train would come in our direction (only that there was no train to be seen for hundreds of kilometers away). The cups in the cupboard clinking and rattling, the thermos on the table dancing madly. The hens cackled in despair, I wasn´t out but I know they looked one another, in puzzlement.
Dogs barked, people wake up and didn´t know what had happened, and not what was happening, since the duration of the tremor was of some minutes.
The other day it was the subject of the day, everybody talked about it, the buzzword.
Radio and mainstream media assessed the damages, Joao Camara city (about 130 km/81 miles far from us) had been the epicenter and was pretty damaged, some houses went down, others pretty damaged.
In the end, there it caused one death, plenty of homeless and many people abandoned that city and never went back, afraid of a repeat.
Indeed some minor tremors came after that, none like that.
It was quite scary, altough I had no reaction, I didn´t had experienced such things before. But the noise and the ground vibration was the scary part.
And that, of such distance of the epicenter, I can imagine how it was there!
Don´t know for sure, but it seems that today, after all that, the houses are more safely built. Maybe not with advanced technology like the one of Japan, etc, but I think these houses are stronger today that they were. Not that cream-cracker walls that they were made.
The UPI agency published the news, it deserved mere 70 words or so! http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sismo_de_J ... ra_de_1986http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1 ... 244,726763http://reliefweb.int/report/brazil/braz ... eport-no-1