I was scared when the earthquake struck!

@cearn25 (3456)
Philippines
February 6, 2012 12:24am CST
I was at home watching television program when suddenly I felt moves and shaking of things including our house. I was wondering what is happening. My mom went out of her room coming into me. It was not normal anymore. It was an earthquake! I almost cried. I felt very nervous during that time. I am on the state of panicking and do not know what to do already. After several seconds, it stopped. After that, I messaged my classmates and friends about what happened. They also experienced it. They said in their place people are going out in their houses. I thought it was just us who experienced it, but then it was the whole of Cebu and Negros, Philippines! OMG. I hope that it will not happen again. I am very afraid. Now we are on the tsunami alert. :'(
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36 responses
10 Feb 12
Well, earthquakes are very scary because they happen suddenly and bring massive destruction. They really instill " the oh my I'm going to die feeling." I know I did when the earthquake struck! I kept looking at the ceiling because I was really scared. it would collapse on me! I have asked questions and it seems to me that this is the first time in Cebu to have such a strong earthquake! Unlike you, Malou, I was in classes, I think it would be a long time until I would want another surprise at school. This earthquake really caught us by surprise cause natural disasters are very very rare here. The one good thing I got from the shaking would be the revelation that I am utterly useless in emergency situations. I think that we should all prepare ourselves physically and mentally for cases like these. We never know what might happen to us. I, for one, would have never predicted that there would ever be such a catastrophe to befall on our part of the world. That would be my mistake because my first thought was that a crane was shaking the whole school building for a drill. XD Luckliy, no buildings were torn down. Aside from mass panic and hysteria due to rumors of tsunami and tornadoes, the earthquake did not do much damage. Hopefully, things would be more orderly and clear-cut the next time around.
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@cearn25 (3456)
• Philippines
24 Jun 12
There is no safe place in this world when earthquake comes. Seems like there is no way we can't escape the phenomenon. I am very thankful because it didn't brought big damage to our place. Lot of people have panicked maybe because it was the first time we have experienced such huge earthquake and also we were traumatized when an earthquake hit Japan. I know we all have learned a lot of lessons from it.
@Hatley (164014)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Feb 12
hicearn25 being afraid of a minor earthquke is not something i do anymore. after fifty years of living in southern California i am used to the minor ones, the major longer lasting ones that cause damage are the ones to be afraid of. but you must learn not to let fear panic you as in a natural disaster we must react rationaly' and do whats best for that time. you people in the Philipines sure have been having a time with natural disasters,I hope things smooth out and you do not have any more bad disasters.
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@cearn25 (3456)
• Philippines
8 Feb 12
We are not used to earthquakes here in the Philippines. Only in some places. The disasters we are used to here is the typhoons. I wasn't expecting it to happen even though it is just a minor one. Still, it has big impact to me. Thanks Hatley for your tips.
@beamer88 (4261)
• Philippines
6 Feb 12
I heard in the news about what happened in your area. I could imagine the worry you had felt, especially after all those natural disasters that has happened recently including the one that hit Japan. I was old enough to experience the 1990 earthquake and it really shook me up. Buildings literally swaying, trees falling. I couldn't even stand still. I'm glad to hear that nothing untoward happened to you. It really can be a scary experience.
@cearn25 (3456)
• Philippines
6 Feb 12
Let us just continue to pray that it will not strike again. I don't want to die yet. I am sure you were very scared when you experienced earthquake. I couldn't imagine earthquake to happen to me. I mean, I am not ready for it. But I have to. I have to be alert and watchful. Thank you beamer88.
• Philippines
6 Feb 12
I can never forget that 1990 earthquake. I think it went on for about 3-5 days, and then there was the tsunami alert, which turned out to be false alarm. Gosh, I couldn't even use the CR for more than a minute just in case there's an earthquake again! So scary, especially if you live nearby the sea. I hope all is calm now in your place, cearn.
@beamer88 (4261)
• Philippines
6 Feb 12
We were fortunate that we live far from any body of water. I was at school then when the first big tremor hit. I was lucky I was on the ground floor and just near the exit. But it still gave me quite a scare.
@champoy186 (1638)
• Philippines
7 Feb 12
Having an earthquake of 6.8 magnitude and alert 2 tsunami alert is really scared. You should always keep yourself updated with the announcements from the authority. Keep yourself always alert and safe. Let's just pray that this will never happen again. It is really scared. Take care and happy mylotting!
@cearn25 (3456)
• Philippines
8 Feb 12
Thanks champoy! They say that if there is an earthquake on the land mean no tsunami. I am so happy to hear it.
@yanzalong (17405)
• Indonesia
6 Feb 12
The best thing to do is to stay out of the house temporarily and don't forget to pray. Tsunami is never predictable. No one can predict it. If we can predict we can move out just before it happens. It's different from rain. It is predictable. Earthquake is not always followed by tsunami. It is also possible that tsunami strikes without an earthquake.
@cearn25 (3456)
• Philippines
7 Feb 12
It is really best to always pray because through this we all feel alright. Thank you my friend. We can not predict any phenomenon when we think of natural phenomenon. We don't know when it will happen.
@yanzalong (17405)
• Indonesia
7 Feb 12
The universe exists because it has been created. God has done it for us to live. Earthquake will not happen unless He permits it. There must be some reasons why earthquake happnens here and there. Only God knows this. Praying is the best thing to do.
@cearn25 (3456)
• Philippines
7 Feb 12
Well, in earth, there are different reasons for why things happen. And also there could be different explanations of it. It is up to us what what we should believe. But for me, I try to balance everything. I follow my instincts and God, of course.
@shrmanoj (382)
6 Feb 12
Yaa dear I was also watching television when the earthquake struck. I was also very afraid of that moment and I rushed out from my room when I heard some big noises outside my room.
@aman1981 (793)
• India
6 Feb 12
Well ! where now i live its a zone 5 under earthquake area and i have been seen my life in the way of earthquake very time and with help of god their is nothing mishap ping. I thing the continuous of earthquake due of global warming as now a day we see in television in Europe country face daily snowfall and in some area the temperature is -25 degree.
@cearn25 (3456)
• Philippines
7 Feb 12
We just need to be ready as much as possible my friends! Actually, we say it that easy but it we do it hardly. Let us always pray also because everything will be taking cared of by God. We will always be safe. Just believe on it.
• India
19 Apr 12
Hello in my place earthquake is so rare, long ago i had experienced as i have told in my discussion, i was really scared though it was mild, i was in Cebu, Manila, Davao in 2004, in Davao i experienced it 2x, i was scared but my host took things lightly because he is habituated to it.. Have a nice day ahead. Professor ‘@Bhuwan@’. .
@cearn25 (3456)
• Philippines
24 Jun 12
Here in our place also, earthquake is very rare to happen. That's why a lot of people here were shocked when it happened. Let us just charge it to experience. It already took place. What is important now is to get ready or be ready for the possible things to happen. Expect the unexpected.
@Pose123 (21641)
• Canada
10 Feb 12
Hi cearn, I'm very thankful to know that you weren't hurt but I can understand that you must have been very frightened. I too hope that you will not experience another. Blessings.
@cearn25 (3456)
• Philippines
24 Jun 12
Yes, my friend. I am very grateful to God because I was not hurt. So to my family. I really didn't expect those things to happen. It was very sudden.
@sylvia13 (1850)
• Nelson Bay, Australia
9 Feb 12
Gee, I hope you are not hit by a tsunami! I have been in earthquakes before in my life, but never in any tsunami!
@cearn25 (3456)
• Philippines
9 Feb 12
Thanks God there was no tsunami.
• Philippines
9 Feb 12
the big damage is in negros oriental guihulngan. sad enough is that during the typhoon sendong, this part of negros oriental suffered massive landslides because of this quake. apparently, did not have any human casualties (thank God).
• China
8 Feb 12
I hope such a thing not happen again!Dear friend, Nice to meet you!What we can contact? my Yahoo Messenger ID:hguhong my MSN:ah19172255@hotmail.com
@cearn25 (3456)
• Philippines
9 Feb 12
Thanks for that ahong!
@digidogo (444)
• Philippines
8 Feb 12
Well we can all be at a relief now. Tsunami alert was a false alarm even though people from Cebu City panicked ALOT when the epicenter happened at the southwest of Cebu and there was no possible way the tsunami would make a U-turn. Second was that Cebu is being blocked directly from the Pacific Ocean by islands and is surrounded by a sea so the tsunami would not have been able to reach Cebu unless it was a super tsunami and I do not think running would do any help. Only thing we have to watch out for are aftershocks of the earthquake. I heard from news that there were a couple of earthquakes happening but the magnitude was far from the one that happened at Negros Oriental. Several of my family members also experienced the panic that happened. They though what they saw in videos of the earthquake that happened in Japan was happening to them. The tsunami sweeping over areas smoothly. Thank God though that everyone I knew was safe. Let us just pray and wait for this to pass
@cearn25 (3456)
• Philippines
9 Feb 12
Prayer is the best shield we have. Because when we have prayer and we have God in us, it will lessen the worry and fear of the next disaster. We just hope that it will not hit us again. People have been taking it seriously though they panicked.
• Canada
7 Feb 12
I heard about this earthquake in the news. I can understand your fear and panic in this situation. I hope you and all your family and friends are safe. We have had so many natural disasters in the past few years around the world with so much damage and casualties that we can only pray that these disasters never ever occur again anywhere. I hope the tsunami alert gets lifted soon there and praying for you and your safety.
@NailTech (6874)
• United States
7 Feb 12
I'm so sorry you had to experience this, I know it must be very scary. I experienced some very slight movement of an earthquake only last year when we had that freak quake happen here, it never happened before. It was barely felt though where I am, it made me feel like my blood sugar was alittle low but then I read on the internet that it was an earthquake. I went to the TV and then saw what was going on. Messaged some friends and some of them felt it too more than others. It is a scary experience, I'm sure it will last a long time in your memory too. I hope the Tsunami doesn't strike there too. It is too much for one place to bear.
@cearn25 (3456)
• Philippines
9 Feb 12
I hope not. We have already seen other places which was affected with earthquakes and tsunami. We have seen it was a total disaster that almost wiped out the people. Good thing the earthquake you experienced last year weren't that bad. Let us just pray always.
@nitin_hec (1096)
• India
7 Feb 12
It always a scary thing when such earthquake occurs. I have 4 earthquake in my life and everytime it come heart start running fast. No one can predict what can an earthquake is capable of.
@cearn25 (3456)
• Philippines
9 Feb 12
The earthquake was a life changing. It made us aware of our surroundings and how fast nature takes revenge. Unpredictable indeed.
@mohkanari (1956)
• India
7 Feb 12
In last March, we experienced a terrific earth quake and Tsunami in Japan. Nowadays earth quakes are occurring on various parts of the world more frequently than in past times. Earth quake with Tsunami are more terrific whenever it occurred. So science world should give extreme considerations to develop protection measures against these terrific natural calamities.
@cearn25 (3456)
• Philippines
9 Feb 12
That is true. I am already noticing that the world is slowly by slowly destructing. The nature has exerted force that we humans are the reason behind it. May it have a meaning or not, it is best to always believe in the higher power.
@myzhian (584)
• Philippines
7 Feb 12
It is really a very traumatic experience being a situation wherein your life is in great measure. I pray for our fellow Filipinos there in your area specially for those who lost their love ones. Hoping that this will never happen again.
@cearn25 (3456)
• Philippines
9 Feb 12
Thanks for your prayers Myzhian! We are all Filipinos so let us all contribute and help each other even in just prayers only. I am glad you add us in your prayers.
@Thoroughrob (11744)
• United States
7 Feb 12
I am glad you are well, and take all alerts very seriously. I hope that you stay safe.
@cearn25 (3456)
• Philippines
9 Feb 12
Thank you for your concern my friend. We are doing our best to be always vigilant.
@derek_a (10881)
7 Feb 12
That sounds like a very scary experience, and I hope that nothing else occurs. I have only once felt a very mild earthquake here in the UK and that was scary enough. I was on the upper floor of a building and the whole thing moved for a moment. We never expect that over here in the UK,and I haven't felt anything like it since (touch wood!). My thoughts are with you all out there and I hope that everything settles down for you now. _Derek
@cearn25 (3456)
• Philippines
9 Feb 12
People now here are already at ease. Everything is back into normal. Although we still feel the aftershocks from time to time until next week. Now, we have to be ready for earthquakes because we don't know when it will happen and the least you expected to.
@sylvia13 (1850)
• Nelson Bay, Australia
7 Feb 12
I was born in Peru, so of course, I know what earthquakes feel like! The only problem is that after having experienced them, they are hard to forget! Just a heavy truck going on the street reminds me of them, even though now I live in a country that very rarely gets them, even though we live close to Italy who does have them!
@cearn25 (3456)
• Philippines
9 Feb 12
Now I know the feeling of experiencing an earthquake. Good thing there is no big damaged in our place. It is just that the people are already panicking because of the false tsunami alert especially in the metropolitan area.