That different kind of shaking…
February 6, 2012 [11:50 AM]
I was locking my room when I saw two of my co-tutors rushing towards the door. I hurriedly ran outside as well not knowing what’s going on. All I know is, something inside me is telling me to run and I did. At first, I thought there was an accident outside. As I approach the door, I saw some tutors pointing at something on top of our building. Seeing them like that made me think that there’s a student who wants to jump off the building. When I finally went out and looked up to where they are pointing, I finally realized what’s going on. The window pane was swaying harshly. It looks like its about to crash down. Yes, there was an earthquake and it is by far the strongest earthquake we experienced that lasted about 11 seconds. 6.8 magnitude, it is!
By lunch, probably about 12:15, we felt the aftershock. It was mild but because of the trauma from the previous quake people got scared, overreacted, and looked flushed. Facebook and Twitter were bombarded by prayers and quake experiences – both funny and alarming ones. People from different social status felt same thing: worried and alarmed. All classes from different levels were suspended, stores closed down, and some streets were even closed. You can hear people in every corner listening to radio for local news. And one thing is added to every Bisaya’s concern: tsunami alert 2.
Night time came, aftershocks are still felt from time to time. Just like earlier, social network sites are bombarded with quake experiences and are used by OFW’s to check on their loved ones. At this point in time internet and other forms of communication can be a good way to ease stress and a good way to give comfort. I would like to say thank you to all my friends, relatives, students, and everybody you said prayers to all Bisayas. Every prayer counts when it comes to people’s safety. To all the Bisaya’s who have lost a loved one and have damaged properties, I extend my deepest sympathy. May you all find light in this dark times.
May God bless us all as we sleep.