It was on my third week here in Taiwan when I suddenly felt a strange movement which I did not understand at first. I was rocked for few seconds; thought I was dizzy. After few moments I realized that was an earthquake.

I was from one of the Pacific islands, beautiful islands surrounded by a beautiful and huge sea with no earthquake. So just imaged picturing how that girl reacted to this new phenomenon in an unfamiliar place.

Seriously I was pretty scared, as earthquake was never an issue in my place. I never felt earthquake before, it was never experienced in my country. We have our own fears, rising sea level. This was our major threat and known by all. Earthquake wasn’t one of those threat.

This was a new horrible experience happened one night around 9pm. I was alone in my room when all of a sudden felt an unfamiliar movement. As mentioned previously I thought It was me being dizzy, but later on I realized that I wasn’t.

For instant, earthquake wasn’t the first on my mind, my mind played with me in that moment of horror which convinced me that I might be hunted with some natural forces presented in my room that night. I could feel my heartbeat and then my body began to weak.

I rushed out the door and as I stood outside my room at the hallway, I saw some students passed by, blabbed about something moving. I couldn’t hear clearly so to my curiosity I asked. “Did you guys felt that?”

There they looked at me and smiled. You meant the earthquake. Yes of course we did. But don’t worried girl, that was just a baby earthquake.

Seriously that was an earthquake? With my questioned face. They looked at me with their confused faces and nodded. As they walked away they turned back at me and said “Welcome to Taiwan”.

Now the earthquake subsided, and there I was lying on my bed thinking about those girl’s words. “earthquake, welcome to Taiwan, baby earthquake”. It took me awhile to finally realized that I’m in an earthquake zone which means earthquake can strike any seconds, any minutes, any time and any day.

There might be weak ones like what they referred to as baby earthquake or even more stronger ones like the one I used to see on TV news back home, were tremor of the earth caused major damaged in many places around the world and injured many people.

I couldn’t sleep that night. My horrible thoughts hunted me down. I was so scared of when the next strong one will be coming. I then asked myself that whole night. What should I do if a strong earthquake comes? This question kept on repeated in my mind and made me even more scared.

Looking at where I was, way up in the sky on the seventh floor, Oh no not so good. In addition, jumping was one easy way out, but up here it wasn’t a possible way to evacuate the dormitory when that time comes.

From that moment I knew down in my heart that I’m so helpless against this nature forces. Earthquake proved the helplessness of human in the face of unexpected natural catastrophe. It shows how incomplete us human to vaunt control over the force of nature. So what to do is to accept it with courage and take extra precautions to avoid harm and death.