Hundreds of people were running about in the major thoroughfares of Cebu City. From Osmeña boulevard, Colon street, IT Park, Apas, and several more, people were in pandemonium: running in this direction to another; like a scene in an action-packed movie.
Why did this happen?
Prior to the tsunami scare, there was an earthquake that shook the ground for about 30 seconds. Everybody felt it for sure, as there were buildings that were clearly swaying when the tremors took place. Minutes after, a tsunami warning was issued and sea level was closely observed.
Then there were circulated rumors and text messages that water levels rose and tsunami hit Cebu city already. Sunstar Cebu reported that the rumor was traced to “ the reports on the rise of seawater in the coastal village of Ermita in Cebu City” which according to Alejandro Galledo of Barangay Ermita, the “seawaters rose after a fastcraft passed by the area”. (the report can be read here)
This pandemonium and unnecessary stress could have been avoided if presence of mind and alertness should be heeded by everybody. Personally, I was stressed out when people were running amok shouting as if it was the end of the world.