Earthquake! Asking for prayers.

I woke up this morning to Facebook posts of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Cebu City, my hometown. My husband and I are in Taipei for our 5th wedding anniversary, so imagine our worry on hearing the news. We made calls to family and friends, and thank God, everyone’s safe. There are some moderate  damages to our properties, but nothing major. Some parts of the city suffered serious damage though, like collapsed church bell towers, skywalks and building structures. The epicenter was in Bohol, a very nearby island, just across Cebu Province. I saw pictures of the destruction there and it looks bad. Some centuries old churches have caved-in roofs and some have been reduced to rubble.

NATIONAL TREASURE. Basilica Minore del Sto Niño in Cebu City loses its belfry to the 7.2-magnitude earthquake. Photo from Jose Faruggia

One of the oldest churches in the Philippines, the Basilica Minore del Sto Niño in Cebu City loses its belfry. Photo courtesy of Jose Faruggia.

SEVERE DAMAGE. The centuries-old Loboc Church in Loboc, Bohol shows its collapsed roof after a magnitude 7.2 quake in the region, 15 October 2013. Photo courtesy of Robert Michael Poole (@tokyodrastic)

Loboc Church in Loboc, Bohol, another heritage centuries-old church. Photo courtesy of Robert Michael Poole.

 This may be the strongest earthquake we have experienced in the past 100 years. News is just starting to trickle in on the number of casualties. There’s more than a dozen already and still counting. Everyone is saying they’re so scared and the aftershocks are making it worse.

Please say a little prayer for everyone affected by this earthquake.

On a lighter note, my husband and I almost missed our return flight today. We honestly thought our flight was still tomorrow.  We had already planned on our itinerary for today: go to the National Museum then shop for presents this afternoon. We took a late breakfast, went back to our room and busied ourselves with social media to keep track with what’s happening back home. Fortunately, my husband checked the flight update emailed to him (obviously I didn’t check mine) and realized our flight is this afternoon! We scrambled to shower, pack our things, and check out of the hotel. Glad to report we made it! In fact we are too early, giving me plenty of time to write this post.

Tomorrow I will post on my exciting soapy finds in Taipei. Stay tuned! 🙂

13 thoughts on “Earthquake! Asking for prayers.

  1. DivaSoap

    O my! I still haven’t heard the news, this is the first hand info and I’m glad you all are fine. Hope there was no casualties, it was such a strong quake!
    I believe you guys had a great celebration of love there, now awaiting for the updates… My blessings all the way to the Philippines!

  2. Vicki

    Just seen this on the news – I’m so sorry, it looks awful! Very glad you’re safe and your friends and family are too. Hope your flight went smoothly – sending happy and positive vibes your way!!

  3. soapjam Post author

    Maja, Vicki, Sharrielyn, Natalia, Cindy, Sugarlychee and Lindsey: thank you for your prayers, positive thoughts and good vibes. May all those who lost their lives rest in peace, and may the places affected rise up again very soon. Love and blessings to everyone.

  4. Monica

    Reading this is a real wakeup call for those of us living on a fault line. I’m glad you and the rest of your family are doing alright. Hopefully there won’t be any more earthquakes to come.

    It’s a good thing your husband checked the flights. 🙂 I guess the airlines will help you find a later flight home, but that would’ve been a not so good way to end an anniversary celebration.


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