The Day Iloilo Did Not Stand Still.

Sep 2, 2012 by

Earthquakes are scary. There’s no telling when it strikes whether you’d live to see another day. You pretend to be calm because that’s what PHIVOLCS people tell you to. But deep inside, you think your lungs get filled with your own pee. You instinctively think of your loved ones: where are they now? I need to find out if they’re okay. You are placed in a very difficult state of decision-making: is this the right time to stand up and walk out of the building? You look around and get a signal from people. You look for the nearest door, or window, or an escape pod or any pit that can accommodate your size as you create an image in your mind — a visualization — of how you’re going to do your moves in worst case scenarios. Then you decisively walk out, as calmly as you can, while trying to keep yourself upright as the shaking swings you like a helpless ragdoll: left, right, front, back. Holy cow, this is strong. You go to a clearing outside the building and you see more people staring at posts, looking up as if starships are meant to fly. After about a minute or two, you begin to wonder if there’s still shaking or it’s just your head going dizzy.

Then you rush to get your phone. I have to tweet, I have to tweet.

The true value of death today is measured in one’s eagerness to share it online even being at the brink of it.


ILOILO CITY, Philippines—A strong earthquake jolted the Visayas Friday evening sending people outside their homes and causing vehicles to stop in the streets.

The earthquake, which registered a magnitude of 7.6, was felt in Iloilo City, many towns of Iloilo province, Capiz and Negros Occidental.

Tables, chairs and other furniture were visibly moving during the tremor. Many residents ran out of their homes and vehicles stopped on the roads.

In Luzon, the quake was felt at Intensity 5 in Legazpi City and Sorsogon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.   With report from Mar Arguelles, Inquirer Southern Luzon


Crowds gather outside the Ayala Technohub Building in Iloilo during the quake. Photo courtesy of Jeff Tablante.

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