Tsunami or Earthquake? Go up or go down?

@Aja103654 (5663)
Philippines
February 7, 2012 4:23am CST
Yesterday noon, our place was hit by an earthquake. It hit our place more than once. Actually, four times! As I was having my class with my student, our room suddenly shook. We thought it was just people outside running around. However, the shaking went longer than expected. The table was banging against the wall and floor beneath us was shaking. We could hear screams from coming from the other rooms. Nervously, I looked outside and saw people trying to move out of the building. My student and I immediately gathered our belongings and went out. Outside, we saw the pool water making waves. It really was an earthquake. All of us were shaken, mostly because this was the first time that we ever experienced an earthquake that strong. Thankfully, our school wasn't damage. Classes resumed as if that earthquake did not happen. by 2:30 pm, people were becoming restless again. There was news about a tsunami hitting our place by 3 pm. So, everyone was told to go high up. But then there would be an expected aftershock, so we were told to go down too. Many people were nervous. We have never had any experience like that before. Everyone was concerned about their families, which was near the south where the strongest tremors started. The network connection was terrible. We found it hard to contact our families and friends. The phone lines were busy. We were at a loss of what to do. We see people climbing up to the top floors because a tsunami was coming. I had a strange feeling in my stomach just thinking about all the horrible things that could happen if another earthquake or a tsunami were to hit us right then. Nothing terrible happened. Thank God! Otherwise, I wouldn't have the chance to share this on mylot now. School was canceled yesterday. We returned to our respective homes, expecting a sleepless night ahead. Who knows there might be another earthquake or even a huge tsunami that would kill us all in our sleep. The radio news were talking about the issue the entire day. Many reports were about people who died because they were buried by some infrastructure. Others died out of fright: a heart attack. Some died because of panic; car accidents and such. Some panicked people even ran to the road barefoot. Lost and confused were to go. Should they go up to the mountains? There was a tsunami alert. Should they go down from the mountains? Landslides were also possible. If you were in this kind of situation, where would you be? How would you cope? My family and I... well, we stayed at home and went on with our lives. We have nowhere to go anyway. Yesterday, while I was on mylot, there was another earthquake, so I had to turn off the computer quickly and ran outside. It was very bothersome. Oddly, I was able to sleep earlier than I expected. There was a report about a tremor 5 am this morning, but I did not feel it. Anyway, forgive me for this long post. Well, if you were in the same situation, wouldn't you be excited to share it on mylot as well?
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7 responses
@shibham (17025)
• India
7 Feb 12
You have made me speechless here and dont know what to say, nice to hear that you and all are safe. I am atheist and thats why i dont believe god. If you consider us as your children then why you are playing with our lives, its worth neglecting. I never prey coz there is no one who can save us on a critical condition. I would try to share if possible. have a nice time.
@Aja103654 (5663)
• Philippines
7 Feb 12
Thanks, shibham. Well, I'm not an atheist. I suppose so because I pray. But I don't blame God in any way. Everything happens for a reason. Besides, I think this calamity can only be explained by scientific facts, not some religious teachings. Faith should remain strong in this situation, not falter, not doubt God. I think it's stupid to blame this events on God. What benefit will blaming do? I also think that people think of God wrongly and that the church may have taught them wrong or maybe the people misinterpret. Some people believe that their God can be carried by carrying the image of a saint or God. It doesn't help I think. Faith is something within us, not on some image or likeness of God. Images are just symbols and reminders, not idols. Some people are unaware that they are treating these images as idols already. I'm roman catholic, but I tend to hate some people of my own religion for being so stupid sometimes.
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@shibham (17025)
• India
7 Feb 12
Please dont mind for telling you that i am an atheist. If you do believe god, i respect your choice but i dont believe him/her. I am an animal activist, hope you know that. We better know what's to do or not? What's wrong or right? i try to follow this and i have my own faith. Please, i am not disrespecting your god.
@Aja103654 (5663)
• Philippines
8 Feb 12
Calm down, shibham. I'm not offended at all. I've met many atheist in my life and I think I understand them enough not to forsake them for their own beliefs. It's a free world.
• United States
8 Feb 12
long post is fine and i would go somewhere safe even if there was aslight chance of anything happening. always think safety first
@Aja103654 (5663)
• Philippines
8 Feb 12
okay. but in order to do that, one has to think fast and gather all his necessities. The worst thing is leaving home without proper plans on what to do next. We don't have anywhere else to go and then the mountains were not safe because of the landslides. Everywhere you look, there's danger. Staying home seem to be a better option.
@anncherry (406)
• Philippines
8 Feb 12
I'm sorry, but when you got to the part when "There'll be a tsunami, go high up. There'll be an aftershock, go down too" I can't help but laugh. @.@ Waaah, sorry! _
@Aja103654 (5663)
• Philippines
8 Feb 12
Yeah, i don't blame you. My parents were talking about this, people tend to humor themselves with these things in order to lessen their fears. It's ironic! Very confusing, indeed. Seems like wherever people are, they're screwed. We did that. We didn't want to go through all the trouble, since the tsunami alert wasn't all that convincing. It was said to arrive by 3pm, but as that time already passed, there was a big chance that it was just a hoax.
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
8 Feb 12
Given my age, I have lived quite a few natural calamities here in my country and thankfully none of my family or I have been hurt. The important thing in times like this is not to panic. I have experienced the strong earthquake that hit Manila in 1991 where the devastation was really widespread (Baguio was nearly obliterated). Our house shook so much that it was impossible to even walk across the room. What we did was my brother asked me to stand under the door beam since we had no furniture like tables that we could duck over and we lived in the second floor so it was quite hard to get out of the house. The shaking lasted for like a minute, followed by an aftershock. I think I would rather have an earthquake than a tsunami since I don't know how to swim. I live in Marikina so every time there is news of an earthquake, my relatives abroad panic and see if I am affected by it. I always tell them that if it ever happens, I always have a calm mind and know what to do and what to grab in the house. I do hope and pray for your safety and I also hope that our country will no longer face another calamity such as the one being experienced in the Visayas region.
@Aja103654 (5663)
• Philippines
8 Feb 12
That's the biggest mistake people commit: Panic! They should have known better. Panic never helps us in any way. Being scared is natural. Being alert is essential in dangerous situations. We have to have a clear and rational mind, in order to better help ourselves and think about our next course of action.
• Philippines
7 Feb 12
The both of them can cause devastation to us. I don't want to choose in any of those calamity it's because I'm afraid that it might happen. It is not only in your area that an earthquake happened, because here in Leyte and Samar. We are really in great danger. Good thing that the magnitude of the earthquake was only from 3-5.9. People in Samar are the most in great danger it's because they are near the Pacific Ocean.
@Aja103654 (5663)
• Philippines
8 Feb 12
Okay. The discussion was not about choosing either of the two calamities. I posted earthquake or tsunami with a question mark in the end, because we don't know which of the two would hit us next. Both are possible, but not probable.
@boylopez (382)
• Philippines
7 Feb 12
Yes earthquake is a calamity that you can not prepare but when comes, panic comes. It is a natural that human get afraid when it comes. Even the strongest man, intelligent, or wealthy are afraid on calamities that strike that you have not thinking.
@Aja103654 (5663)
• Philippines
7 Feb 12
Yes, it's hard to stay calm. It's natural for us to be scared. I mean, who wouldn't be? It's what you do that matters in this case. There's nothing wrong with being scared, but we have to put effort to calm ourselves and think clearly. Find some focus and don't let negative thoughts get into our head. It happened to me and I immediately banished the negative thoughts. Instead of going hysterical, I tried contacting the people I care about, my family and observed my surroundings. I believe that animal behavior was a good indication for coming calamities. Since the birds were normally behaving, I felt slightly relieved.
• Philippines
7 Feb 12
Yes i heard in the news well i will be scared asking Lord ,please help us give us safe!No fun! I am scared even it is little quake i am scared and also thunder,lightning!Scary.. we dnt know maybe will bigger the earthquake!