Of Earthquakes and Tremors II

There was another earthquake today at 1:32pm.  It measured a 4.5 magnitude and its epicenter was determined to be somewhere south of Gingoog City.  If you look at a map, you’ll see that it was close, just over Mt. Balatucan.  It was felt both here in Manolo Fortich and in Cagayan de Oro and I’m sure Gingoog residents felt it too.

At first the floor shook, then the windows rattled and just when my brain was registering that we were having an earthquake, I heard items start to fall in the next room.  Then, as quickly as it started, it stopped.  It had lasted around 5 seconds.  It was 5 seconds of initial shock, looking for a place to hide under and then thinking we had to unplug all electrical appliances ASAP.  Yeah.  Goes to show how unprepared we all are if a major earthquake were to hit.

The incident did teach me something new though.  I discovered this website: http://www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph/ – which records all movements of the earth on real time.  True enough, within minutes of the tremors, there was a new entry, complete with coordinates of the possible epicenter as well as a map pinpointing the location.

Another site to add for my growing paranoia.

Published by Bukidlife

A journaler - someone who writes in a journal.

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