Magnitude 4.5 Earthquake Rocks "The Compound" in Guimaras! Friday night, around 10:48 pm heard what I thought was thunder. The Sainted Patient Wife, who had just turned off the television after watching "Death Race" on HBO (I had been sleeping) sat straight up and said: "EARTHQUAKE!"
She should know. She was working in Taiwan when a killer earthquake struck that country (see "How I Met The Sainted Patient Wife. Part Three. ) I could hear the numerous items on our entertainment center shaking and rattling. Seemed to last only around five seconds. SPW was afraid. She saw the light on at her sister's nipa hut in the front yard. Her sister Alida had awoken her husband Joery; she, too, was very frightened. I told my wife to go back to sleep, everything will be OK. I put my arm around her to comfort her and dozed off. A typical male response. Hey! I was tired!
Got on my Google Philippines this morning and checked to see if there were any reports on the quake. Found an informative report on the earthquake at the GDACS, Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System, website. The epicenter of the quake was just 16 km outside of Iloilo, where we always go shopping, a 15 minute pump boat ride from Guimaras. GDACS issued a green earthquake alert which estimates the need for humanitarian intervention to be low.
Thankfully, I see no damage reports at this time. Everything at "The Compound" looks in good shape. A magnitude 2.2 hit the Western Visayas region (which Guimaras and Iloilo are a part of) this past January, but SPW informs me that she does not recall that many earthquakes in our region. Well, we will wait and see. Hopefully, this will be the last one we will experience for awhile.