February 6, 2012.  I was at my table working and I suddenly noticed my glass of cold water shaking just like in the Godzilla movie, then everything started to shake with it. A  6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the province of Negros and Cebu [Data from the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs)]. And this was by far the strongest quake I experienced, crossingmy fingers (and toes) and praying it will never happen again.

Argao was shaken with an intensity 7 quake while Intensity 5 clasped Lapu-lapu, Mandaue and Cebu Cities and other parts of Cebu. A tsunami scare had caused panic to the people in the downtown area of Cebu. Rumors say that a man in a motorcycle shouted “Tsunami” which set everyone running off to higher ground. Good thing no one got hurt during the panic.

 

Major traffic in Fuente and some other parts of Cebu. Photo by Greg Nuega

Photo by Greg Nuega

 

 

The photo below by Denise Fabriene Chavez was taken at General Maxilom Avenue extension as scared and taunted residents rushed inside a car to drive to an elevated field.

Photo by Denise Fabriene Chavez

Employees and tenants of buildings in I.T. Park Lahug gathered up in an open field. Photo by Jhei Lord Alarde

Photo by Jhei Lord Alarde

SM City Cebu had employees and customers exit the building to the open space parking lot for safety. Photo by John Ivan Briones.

Photo by John Ivan Briones