I was crossing the street when it struck. I had one foot up, about to step onto the sidewalk, when I felt the ground move under me. I nearly lost my balance and fell backwards onto incoming traffic.
I thought nothing of it at the time because I had been feeling out of sorts since Sunday. It was only when I saw a large crowd of high school and college students milling about on the streets and causing traffic that I figured something big must have happened.
Turns out it was a magnitude-4.5 quake.
I just realized that for years I lived in Marikina. Now I'm here. What is it with me and these earthquake-vulnerable areas?