Did you feel the earth shake just when you were about last night (October 19)?
A Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) bulletin issued at 11:48 p.m. Monday evening confirmed that a magnitude 5.4 earthquake took place. The said tremor originated from Looc, Occidental Mindoro, and was felt in parts of the Southern Tagalog region (e.g. Batangas, Cavite, Laguna) and Metro Manila.
Photo via the Phivolcs official website
According to Phivolcs, no significant damage is expected to result from the quake, but aftershocks are a possibility.
Yet to recover from a still ravaging Typhoon Lando, the country was caught off guard by yet another force of nature. Good thing we Pinoys are a hardy bunch and, despite being left soggy or stuck on rooftops, are still able to find humor even in the direst of situations.
Expectation: DUCK, COVER, HOLD Reality: TWEET, POST, HUGOT #Lando2Lindol 😂😂😂— Melvhin Ü Panlilio (@MelvhinPanlilio) October 19, 2015
Didn't feel the earthquake but based on the tweets malakas daw?! Ingat guys!— David Guison (@davidguison) October 19, 2015
For one, prominent personalities good-naturedly described the earthquake and typhoon as apocalyptic.
The floods. Then, the earthquake. Prior to that, the invasion of candidates filing their CoCs. Are the End Times near?— Jim (@Jimparedes) October 20, 2015
Typhoon and Earthquake at the same time. It don't get more Biblical than this. Bring on the locusts. Now na. #SigeBlameItonMar— carlosceldran (@carlosceldran) October 19, 2015
The rest of the Twitterverse, meanwhile, was given a reason to sound off its best kept lindol-inspired #hugot lines:
Pati ba naman lindol di mo naramdaman??? Matinde— Joyce Pring (@joycepring) October 19, 2015
RT IF YOU DIDN'T FEEL THAT EARTHQUAKE Because I know I'm not the only one— Hugot Words (@HugotWords) October 19, 2015
Was that an earthquake, or did you just rock my world? @erikarabara— John Vladimir Manalo (@manalojohn) October 19, 2015
Para kang lindol eh... You shake me and break my ground so I could fall into your cracks. #ALDUBUNTOLDStories— HUGOT QUEEN (@sekai_aldub716) October 19, 2015
Hindi ko naramdaman yung lindol. Ganun naba ko kamanhid? Geez— SACHZNA (@Sachzna1) October 19, 2015
Yung lindol parang love lang yan eh. It comes in a shock and it rocks your world. Pero in the end, it leaves you broken and helpless— Justine Dantes (@JustineLeague_) October 19, 2015
Niyanig ng Lindol ang Maynila, pero ikaw, niyanig mo ang mundo ko.— Heneral Hugot (@HeneralHugot) October 19, 2015
Lando yesterday, lindol today, landi tomorrow— Alexis (@jxjoson) October 19, 2015
Is there some sort of strange energy from the quake that triggered the release of our bottled-up bitter feelings?
At least we learned something important from all the shaking:
Despite Bagyo. Despite Lindol. #Shakeys still delivered under 40 minutes. For realz.— carlosceldran (@carlosceldran) October 19, 2015
But seriously, safety before social media updates, people!