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No, There Was No Eartquake. No Emergency. It Was All A Simulation.

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1 February 2023 - At The Banks - BCCR

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Parque de las Garantías Sociales

QCOSTARICA – “I came for some (medical) tests and I’m sitting here, waiting for the start of the simulation,” Doña Eugenia Bremes, 76 years old, a resident of Los Guido (Desamparados) and who haS never before seen a drill of the like, told the television cameras.

Woman faking a medical emergency.
Woman faking a medical emergency.

“I came in to this bank (the Banco de Costa Rica central branch) and at 10 sharp the drill began”, said Doña Eugenia.

For authorities all went smoothly. The simulation of a 6.0 earthquake striking downtown San Jose and the evacuation of a number of downtown buildings was a total success. People moved out of buildings calmly, past the dangers like a smoke and people (acting) to be injured or suffering a medical problem, as if nothing was happening.

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For people like Doña Eugenia, the calmness meant that “simulations” don’t work, it was expected, there was no element of surprise. “In a serious earthquake people do not act as relaxed,” said a man who did not identify himself.

In the case of the BCR bank, the entire building was evacuated in less six minutes and fifteen seconds, a very acceptable time according to authorities.

The simulated emergency nside the Banco de Costa Rica (BCR) building
The simulated emergency inside the Banco de Costa Rica (BCR) building

Similar evacuations occurred in various parts of downtown San Jose, most notable in the area surrounding the Plaza de la Democracia, diagonal to the Legislative Assembly building and the Plaza de la Garantias Sociales, the small park at the south side of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) building.

Users outside the CCSS building waiting for things to return to normal.
Users outside the CCSS building waiting for things to return to normal.

At the CCSS building, some 6,000 people between employees and visitors, were evacuated in nine minutes flat, according to the Cueropo de Bomberos (Fire Department) who was in charge of keeping time on the evacuations.

03-09-2015/San Jose Costa Rica/Simulacro en entidades Publicas en San Jose Costa Rica/Fotografia: JOHN DURAN
03-09-2015/San Jose Costa Rica/Simulacro en entidades Publicas en San Jose Costa Rica/Fotografia: JOHN DURAN

“This should be done during non-working days,” Juan José Durán told Ameliarueda.com, disturbed by the time lost during the closing of the Caja offices, having taken the time off work to run an errand.

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Nearby, at the Registro Civil (Civil Registry), where some 2,500 people between employees and visitors, was evacuated quickly and with order.

Although the simulation did anticipate road closures, the movement of thousands of people out of the buildings and to the streets and parks, forced last-minute closures, temporarily affecting traffic flow in the downtown core.

11221696_904371952978775_2268336248791433599_nNotably absent in the simulation were the sirens, ambulances and some say organization.

The simulation that affected an estimated 60,000 people was organized by the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) – national emergency commission and the Municipalidad de San José.

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Unfortunately, the effectiveness of such an exercise can only be known in the case of a real emergency.

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Photos from several sources, including: Bomberso de Costa Rica, CNE, Ameliareuda.com, Nacion.com and Facebook.

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