I don’t know how to begin to describe my earthquake experience today. I still have adrenaline coursing through my veins like now, 1 and a half hour after.
We just had lunch and I just sat down, when the IT Help Desk guys/gals passed by. My first thought was, what the hell are they doing stamping their feet like they are attending a marching parade?
Okay, minus the “hell” which I didn’t really thought, I was about to stand up and check when the ground tremors got stronger.
It started mild and then the shaking started getting stronger, Ate Abeth (my seatmate) and I just stared at each other, not saying anything, we both looked at Erwin Buot. (We don’t know, for some reason, we just both look at this funny guy, our in-house stand-up comedian). Then a sound like that of a very angry nasty hail storm erupted. It was the thing that scared me the most. By this time we hid under our desks. My mind went blank, frozen by the scary hitting and clanging sound. It was the metal braces above us shaking. I heard someone near me uttered a prayer. Then silence, I reached for my desk phone and about to call home when somebody, my best guess, it was Kuya Bong, from the ERC (Emergency Response Committee) shouted “GET OUT!”. We went out. No mass hysteria but it was a scary experience for me and for most of the parents who were thinking of their children.
We were outside the building for 30 minutes or so, then, somebody announced that it is safe to go back inside.
We are still on alert now for some aftershocks.
And yes I did call home on my mobile phone, to check on the two girls while jogging to get outside, they are alright. Thank you GLOBE telecom for the reliable service. I tried calling my sister’s SUN number but couldn’t get through, tried her GLOBE number and she answered on the third ring.
Thank God nobody was hurt.
I wouldn’t like to delve so much about the incident, maybe later, but right now, I am (pardon the pun), shaken.
Okay I have to include a picture of my officemates who are regular blog readers. It was their idea that I take a picture of them to include here on my blog.