By: Margaret Padilla
Early Wednesday’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Abra, and other parts of Luzon and was also felt in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces.
According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs), the earthquake occurred three kilometers west-northwest of Tayum town at 8:43 a.m and was 17 kilometers deep.
Meanwhile, celebrities took to social media to share their personal experiences and reactions to the quake with the hashtag #lindol.
Here are some celebrities’ and other personalities’ online posts about the earthquake:
Julius Babao, News Anchor and Reporter, initially posted a single word: “LINDOL!!!” It was preceded by a confirmation. “Naramdaman nyo ba sa area ninyo? Dito sa QC malakas!”
Bianca Gonzalez-Intal asked her followers on Twitter how they were doing following the earthquake.
“Naging default na unang i-check ang Twitter para ma confirm ang balita. Hope you are all safe,” the Kapamilya host tweeted.
Janno Gibbs, an OPM singer who was in La Union, confirmed on Instagram that they, too, experienced the strong shaking, saying, “hope everyone’s safe.”
“Here shooting in L.A. We felt the 7.1 magnitude earthquake hard. We’re near the epicenter, Vigan,” Gibbs shared.
“Ang haba ng earthquake! Hope everyone’s safe,” actress and host Anne Curtis tweeted on her page.
“Ang lakas ng lindol..ingat po tayo,” tweet and reminder of Kapuso actress Sanya Lopez.
Meanwhile, GMA news anchor Arnold Clavio posted a video on Instagram to show employees evacuating from the GMA Network compound in Quezon City.
He captioned his post as, “naramdaman ninyo rin ba ang lindol mga ‘iGan ? Naglabasan maging ang empleyado ng @gmanetwork matapos ang naranasan na malakas na pagyanig ng lupa sa Metro Manila.”
90’s actress Ana Roces wished for everyone’s safety. “Stay safe! It was strong,” she said.
So as Kapuso’s sweetheart artist, Julie Ann San Jose, “Lakas ng lindol. Stay safe everyone.”
Kim Chui posted a video she recorded while it happened. Her caption went on: “Eto lang na video ko sa pagka over over ng lindol! Ang tagal and nakakatakot sa lakas ah! Akala ko nasa dagat ako na sobrang ma alon! I kennot! kamusta kayo? Naramdaman nyo din ba sa area nyo?”
Even the newlyweds Hidilyn Diaz and Julius Naranjo’s honeymoon was disrupted by the earthquake. The couple married on Tuesday in Baguio City.
Diaz used her Instagram story to post a photo of herself and Naranjo outside their hotel in Baguio City as an earthquake precaution.
Pasig mayor Vico Sotto also took to Twitter to post emergency information about the earthquake.
“Earthquake was Intensity 3 here. Evacuation at quadrangle and other areas. Rapid damage assessment of our buildings is being done now. So far City Hall Building cleared for re-entry. Waiting for a report regarding other buildings. Stay calm and follow instructions from our DRRMO.”
Lastly, “Praying for everyone’s safety, especially our kababayans in the north who were most affected by the earthquake,” former Vice President Leni Robredo tweeted. We’ve already been in touch with our volunteer groups there.”