I’ve been to many cities that are prone to the occasional mild rumble from mother nature (low scale tremors), today I experienced something a little bigger.
I was at my desk, writing, when all of a sudden I felt everything swaying. My chair (and me as its contents) rolled backwards on a level surface. I heard the distinctive sound of concrete stretching and the swaying began to increase.
Fight or flight kicked in and all that could come to mind was “Not good, get kid, wife, stairs”, which I did.
We live in a ‘city within a city’, our complex occupies approximately 6 city blocks and is populated with many high-rise apartment buildings. As I was scurrying down the stairs, I was able to catch a glimpse of the surrounding buildings through a small window at each landing, I saw other buildings swaying somewhat like domino blocks. We live on a high floor, it took a bit of time to get down the stairs.
Fortunately, our development is relatively new and built with earthquakes in mind. While writing this, I feel some mild after shocks which are disturbing but a good indicator that the event has shown its intended fury.
This was a wild experience, but not one that I’d care to repeat. I don’t know how people can handle living near fault lines, I guess it just goes to demonstrate that humans can get used to anything.
The quake was a 4.2 (reported locally), epicenter in Pangasinan (about five hours away from me). USGS is indicating its strength as 6.0 at the epicenter.
I don’t know if there was any major damage yet, local TV is just picking it up.