Last Friday I had my first earthquake experience! It was scary! Living in the Philippines, I knew that day would eventually come when the earth will start to shake. The Philippines is after all located in the Pacific Ring of Fire that causes the most earthquakes in the world.
We were in Cebu City for the weekend and had just checked in in one of our favourite hotels. We were chilling out in our room, in the sixth floor, when suddenly I felt the whole room shake really subtle. In the hotel lobby was a notice of an ongoing renovation, so I automatically thought the shaking must be caused by some drilling or hammering. How wrong I was!
The shaking continued and it was Arthur’s reaction that made me realise: This is an earthquake! Arthur has a life long experience with earthquakes, so of course he knew right away what was going on and what was needed to be done–and that was to leave the building! This just highlights how ill-prepared I am for earthquakes…
Anyway, I instinctively followed Arthur, who by now was preparing to get out of the room. But by the time we got to the door, the shaking stopped. I thought it was only me, but Arthur too confirmed that he was feeling dizzy. Like being seasick.
I have never experienced anything like this before. It came out of nowhere. Luckily the 3 seconds or so weren’t strong enough to cause any panic at the hotel.
Nothing bad happened. Not even the lamp on the table fall down. It was just a slight little shake. I can only imagine how terrifying the 2013 earthquake in Bohol Island must have been.
It was an experience I will hopefully not have to go through again.