Some have asked what the buildings in the photos look like now. What follows are the photos from April 17, 2016 and the same location two years later.
The first building was torn down and has not been rebuilt.
The second building was rebuilt with some finishing work still to be completed.
The fire house had to be completely demolished. Puerto Lopez has turned the land into a parking lot and the fire department has moved to a new location.
The night of the earthquake, I heard that Puerto Lopez lost 11 buildings. Inspection crews made their way through the worst hit towns north of us, then came to Puerto Lopez. It was a months-long process inspecting all of the homes and businesses for damage. Some had to be torn down after inspections.
In the long run, Puerto Lopez lost more than 11 buildings but I do not know the final number. None of the initial damage in Puerto Lopez is visible two years later unless you know where to look.
A look back
Last year, I wrote Quick stories: Rare Frog, Heated Toilet, Happy Snake.