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    Alert vs Unexpected

    Almost everyday, there were reports of earthquakes in different parts of the Philippines. Since November 1, 2010, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) already recorded 47 earthquakes. The latest was monitored today at 2:38 in the morning with 4.6 magnitude at 31 kilometers South-East of Bangued, Abra. Though most of the recent quakes were not destructive, we should not be slacken but instead, always be alert and ready to the unexpected. No one can definitely detect when an earthquake will strike and the range of its devastation. It was noted in recent years, some destructive earthquakes in the country with magnitude 7.9 as the strongest.

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    Lessons Learned

    It was the high-level of public awareness that spare the lives of many people from destruction brought by Super Typhoon Juan. Good to know that we now learned our lessons, especially from the experience of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng. Considering “Juan” is the strongest typhoon in the world, so far, it only caused at least 13 fatalities, which is really beyond our control. The province of Isabela, the entry point of ‘Juan’ to the Philippines, bore the brunt of the devastation from the typhoon and had half of the recorded fatalities. Hopefully, prices of rice and crops will not swell since Isabela is the country’s second top rice-producing province. It…