Our recent earthquake here in the Philippines created quite a stir here, and around the world. It could have been worse and done much more damage, more lives could have been lost had the epicenter been any where except where it was.
Recently there was a strong earthquake in the Philippines, near the epicenter of the quake there was substantial damage, but in the outlying areas there was little or no damage. The intensity was from 4.0 to 6.9 in different areas, the Island of Negros received the worst of it, and with 42 people killed.
People did panic mostly because someone stirred them up one incident I heard of, was that some guys on a motorcycle rode through the market at Cebu City yelling “tsunami is coming” , ok, so tell me what would you do stand there until your feet got wet or head for higher ground, most people chose to head for higher ground, but it was a farce and the water never came. But the people felt good for having played it safe.
I was in Gaisano Metro in Mandaue City having coffee , and it felt like I was in a rocking chair, nice and gentle. Now I can understand why and how people get trampled and killed in a panic situation. I had never seen anything like it before, I have felt earthquakes before, but never in a populated area, like in Grass Valley California where I lived for many years, we had shakes but there was no people to panic and run.
That is a big grocery store and department store, there was a lot of people in there shopping, but I m here to tell you that place was empty in about two minutes. Had anyone fallen down the others would have just walked over them. What a feeling, down deep it’s kind of eerie knowing what could happen.
My wife was up on the 3rd floor trying to come down, she said the elevator car was hitting the sides of the shaft as it descended, can you imagine. Needless to say she was scared, but she got over it soon.
Then also there were fires to contend with, like they usually happen from carelessness or inconsideration. It has been an exciting week here I the Philippines.
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