Honduras awoke early in the morning of May 28 when an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale shook the country. The epicenter was located 130 kilometers northeast of the city of La Ceiba, along the Atlantic Ocean coast. At 2:24 a.m. local time, the earthquake caused residents to emerge from their houses in the darkness in order to find safety. Five deaths were confirmed, more injured, and slowly there is the discovery of damages to the country's infrastructure like buildings, bridges, and highways.
Microblogging platforms like Blipea and Twitter were the first to report the earthquake from users in San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa and La Ceiba. Many reported on the situation around them using the hashtag #temblorHN (earthquakeHN).
Yamil Gonzalez @yamilg wrote:
hable con mi tia que vive en la ceiba dice que estuvo fuertísimo se asustaron bastante, los adornos y todo eso se cayeron al piso #temblorHN
Roberto @roberto wrote:
yo escuchaba que el armario se mecía casi salgo corriendo a la calle
Jagbolanos @jagbolanos wrote:
Me desperto, estoy esperando por si hay replicas
Some Honduran bloggers were not able to immediately update their blogs because of the energy and internet outages in their communities. However, Janpedrano Blog [es] was one of the first to provide information about the earthquake receiving updates from friends and family. He received a phone call from his brother:
Mientras estaba al teléfono con el, mi messenger parecía árbol de navidad con mensaje tras mensaje de familiares y amigos en San Pedro Sula dejándome saber que es lo que estaba pasando. Incluso una amiga que vive en Suiza me mando un mensaje para ver si yo ya sabia del mismo. La palabra que creo fue el común denominador en todos estos mensajes fue “horrible”, ya que pues fue una sacudida que pues la mayor parte de la gente jamás había experimentado. Mi mama vive en Roatán por lo que la llame para ver como estaba, y pues igual fuera del susto estaba bien.
He also provided updates throughout the day including the collapse of The Democracy Bridge, one of the country's most important bridges [es].
Born in Honduras and its Spanish version Nacer en Honduras [es] provided links from local newspapers. In addition, Interartix [es] shares a map of the epicenter and the tsunami alert that was issued, but later withdrawn.
The various online sites of the national newspapers struggled to remain online because they received many visitors, especially from abroad in the United States and Spain, who were looking for information about family and friends.