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Monday, March 14, 2011

The day I thought I was gonna die

After the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan last Wednesday another earthquake rocked the country last Friday having a magnitude of 9.0. The strongest earthquake to hit the country and the fifth-largest in the world since 1900 and was nearly 8,000 times stronger than one that devastated Christchurch, New Zealand last month.

Sa lakas ng lindol nung Biyernes akala ko mamamatay nako. As of this writing/typing I am still restless. The earthquake started last Friday March 11, 2011at 2:46PM JST and hanggang kanina meron pa ring mga aftershocks. Sa dami ng aftershocks diko na mabilang. it's just so fuckin' unbelievable. it was different from the previous earthquakes that I experienced here.


I was at the office when the earthquake happened. We are located at the 6th floor. Napalipas na namin yung takot namin nung lumindol ng Miyerkules. It was a normal Friday afternoon. We were waiting for the 3 o'clock break. Then the ground started shaking. Up and down. We stared at each other as fear started to creep in. Then we were swaying sideways. It was getting stronger. Someone shouted to grab our helmets and hide under our desks just like what we do in the earthquake drill. I started crying. I thought I was going to die. I was trying to reach Ate Joy's hand but we were separated by our cabinets. The building was swaying violently. Up and down then sideways. Things on our desks were starting to fall. Our drawers sliding out. The shaking won't stop. The sound was deafening. I was crying and praying and was thinking bout my loved ones in the Philippines esp. Basuraman. I have never been that scared in my entire life. According to some news the quake lasted for 3-5 minutes. I was asking God to stop the shaking. If God has to take my life at that moment then let His will be done. As I am writing this entry I am crying and the tears won't stop from falling. Everytime I remember that situation I can't help but cry. I am still scared. I am really really scared. Hindi ko akalain na yung nakikita ko lang sa TV na nangyayari sa mga offices sa Japan e mararanasan ko rin.

We went out of our desks as soon as the shaking starts to weaken. I was still crying and shaking. There were still aftershocks and they were strong. But there was no immediate instruction for us to evacuate the building. The 6 of us (the only Filipinos on the floor) were starting to panic. We wanted to get out of the building as soon as possible. But we waited for instructions. We tried to remain calm just like our Japanese colleagues. Kawamura-san instructed everyone to fall in line so that the persons in charge of the disaster committee can start counting. We stayed for another 10 minutes while the building was continuing to sway because of the aftershock. It was so painful I wanted to faint. We ran as soon as we were ordered to go down.

We were directed in a futsal field located within the vicinity of the company. We saw how the glasses of our building moved and the antenna on top of the building swayed. I was trying to call Basuraman and my mom but the phone line was down. By 4 o'clock we were instructed to return to our floor. With what had happened we opted to go home. Good thing is we just bike the office from our place. All public transportation was suspended. I immediately called Basuraman and my mom as soon as I got connection to inform them that I was safe. We were very lucky because there was still an internet connection when we reached our apartments. Thank goodness there's facebook. I was able to communicate with my loved ones and friends through it.

Thank God we are safe and we are far from the coastline. Many cities in Miyagi prefecture were literally wiped out. Kalunus-lunos talaga ang nangyari sa Japan. Especially those who were hit by the tsunami.

Yesterday we went to the nearest grocery store in our place to stock some food. Better be prepared. I wanted to cry when I saw the situation in the store. There was no bread. Paubos na ang mga cup noodles. The number of people shopping was not normal. They were panic buying. Diyos ko ni hindi ko naranasan ang ganito sa Pinas. Pinigilan ko na lang sarili ko na huwag umiyak.

Because of the effect of the quake in the nuclear plant in Fukushima, rotating power outages will be implemented tomorrow Monday. Earlier this evening the schedules were already announced. No electricity in our place from 9:20- 13:00 and 18:20-22:00. Ang lamig pa mandin ngayon. Buti na lang may isa pa akong comforter. Lamigin pa mandin ako. Hindi namin alam kung hanggang kailan yung brownout rotation but according to Kuya Mylo hanggang katapusan daw ng Abril. I hope there will be no further damages in the nuclear plants.


Thank you Lord for keeping us safe.

Thank you for all the prayers. Sa mga nag-alala sa kalagayan ko maraming salamat. Ngayon ko nalaman na marami palang nagmamahal sakin.

Please continue to pray for us. For Japan. For the safety of everyone. With what's happening to our world we do not know what will happen next.

Be safe everyone. May God bless us all.

15 comments:

Michael said...

Naku, sikolet! We'll pray for you & the whole Japan. Be safe! Promise, naalala kita noong nababalita iyan sa news, kasi ikaw lang ang kakilala ko, kahit through internet lang, na nasa Japan. Pray to God! Be strong! :D

Jepoy said...

sikolet from the buttom of my heart I am very pleased to read here that you are safe. God is Good. Bihira ako makapag bloghop as in. Pero I really really felt the emotions on your writing. Me and our church is praying for Japan. Stay safe! Keep us posted if you have time to write here in your blog...

God Bless you sikolet!

YanaH said...

i instantly thought of you that time. i wasnt sure kung ung number mo na nasa akin eh roaming mo rin pero i did try to text it.. pini-em ko pa si MD asking about you. :(

thank God youre safe.. nung nagmessage ka saken na sinabi mong ok ka, ure safe, nakahinga ako ng maluwag. like what uve said, hindi pa talaga tapos, let us continue to pray.. will always include u in my prayers.

Take care out there and Godbless..

Hang in there.. Be strong..

Xprosaic said...

UU nung nakita ko sa news isa ka sa pumasok sa utak ko... iilan lang naman kasi kayo na nasa Japan na kakilala ko.... It's good to know you're safe... hold on... you're in my prayers...

rainbow box said...

naiiyak ako sa post mo. i could honestly feel you. buti nalang at maraming nagmamahal at nagdadasal para sa kaligtasan mo. prayer always works. always. God bless you and your family. lagi sana tayong magdasal para sa kaligtasan ng bawat isa.

khantotantra said...

buti na lamang at safe ka at sa kaworkers mo. Grabe yung new na napanood namin sa tv kaya nakakatakot. Yung tubig anlaki at nilunod ang place jan sa japan.

rah said...

Thank god you are safe. Marami na hindi sinwerte. Back here, patuloy kami sa prayers para sa mga japanese. Patnubayan nawa sila ng panginoon.

Since second life mo na. Ano ang balak mong gawin?

Yapo Nightroad said...

Thank God okay lang po kayo. Nakikiramay po ako sa inyo jan kinikilabutan ako habang binabasa itong entry nyong ito. di ko rin po akalain,... sa Japan pa... hayy.. God Bless Japan! We will not stop praying for you. Naniniwala po ako na malalagpasan din yan ng Japan.

MiDniGHt DriVer said...

:(.. Thank God ur safe... you know, how important u r to me.. God bless always :)

Ang Babaeng Lakwatsera said...

nung napanood ko yung tsunami.. vinisit ko kagad yun blog mo.. yun nga lang may nauna ka palang entry nung march 10.. kaya nagtataka ako.. march 11 un lindol.. may mas nauna pa pala.. so magkasunod.. buti nalang ligtas ka.. lahat ng pinoy dito pinagdarasal kalagayan ng mga kababayan natin jan sa japan.. sana maging maayos kalagayan nyo jan.. *hugs*

anney said...

I'm keeping my fingers crossed! I had goose bumps while reading this. Thank God Ok kayo jan. I will continue to pray for everyone's safety in Japan.

AdroidEnteng said...

nikilabutan ako habang binabasa ko how's the situation happen dyan.i know kung anu pakiramdam na parang katapusan na ng buhay..eventhough na different yung naging situation natin..,but still we've able to survive and thank God..just keep safe always..

jasonhamster said...

nararamdaman ko takot at lungkot mo ms. skulet lover... buti talaga at nakasurvive kayo... kung ako rn nasa kalagayan mo baka mag iiyak na din ako.

pero god talaga will never leave you :)

lets pray sa mga nawala....
be safe po lagi

Ishmael Fischer Ahab said...

Thank God your safe Sikoletlover.

Tibayan mo ang loob mo. All of you are include in our prayers here in the Philippines.

fiel-kun said...

Grabe, until now kahit almost two weeks na ang nangyaring lindol jan hindi pa rin humuhupa yung mga balita about sa nuclear power plant.

Nakakatakot talaga yung kuwento mo about sa lindol jan. Mabuti na lang at matibay ang building ng office nyo eh ang lakas nung lindol diba? Magaling talga ang mga engineers at architects ng Japan.

God Bless you sikolet-chan and the people of Japan!

Genki o dashite!!!

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