5.9 on the Richter scale.
Not a very strong one, nevertheless, earthquakes frighten me. When your bed shakes briskly at 1 am in the morning, it’s hard to not panic. Alert and keeping still, I wait and see if the shaking will stop. This was a long one, I kept swaying on my bed so I jumped up, picked up my phone and rushed to my daughter’s room. She was too startled to get up from bed. I did not want her to panic so I calmly told her that if she needed me, I was around.
I wanted to go somewhere but where? It was dark and wee hours of the morning! Finally the rumbling stopped. All shook up and unable to fall back to sleep, with eyes closed tossing and turning in bed, I wait for an aftershock. None so far.
Tired from lack of sleep, I get ready to start my day. My other daughter calls on skype. She read this morning’s updates on Facebook and wanted to check on us.
We’re fine, just startled.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said that the Marikina West Valley fault line, supposedly capable of producing a 7.2-magnitude earthquake, is ripe for movement.
We live along the fault line.