You should have been here for the 2003 quake (6.5) centered off Puerto Plata, it collapsed my concrete car port and had me bouncing off my bed like a rag doll. First time in my life I thought I was going to die, I thought it was the end of the world. Definitely the most terrifying experience ever, for me. Keep in mind that a 6.5 is ten times stronger than a 5.5 and the soft ground in my area causes a lot more shaking than rocky soil. We had 300 aftershocks in the 10 months after. Was hard to sleep for me, must have had some form of PTSD.