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    What You Should Have At Hand When An Earthquake Strikes

    An earthquake strikes in time that you least expected it. Recently, there are high magnitude recorded quakes not only in the Philippines but also in some parts of the world and the aftershocks are more than a hundred already. Beside preparing a disaster plan, have you already thought about what you should have at hand when an earthquake strikes? As early as now, you may start keeping the following tools and other important things in a place where you can easily grab them during the emergency: 1. Disaster supplies kit. This includes a flashlight with best rechargeable battery, portable radio, whistle, fire extinguisher, canned foods with can opener, and bottled…

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    Metro Manila Paralyzed By Heavy Rainfall And A Call For Help

    It has been several days now of relentless rains. But today was different. There are now more than 800,000 people in Metro Manila and Northern and Central Luzon affected and displaced by the heavy rainfall and flooding. Nine has already died, according to National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). The National Capital Region was paralyzed by floods, half of the region were submerged by floodwater. Several dams, Ipo, La Mesa, Ambuklao, Binga and San Roque are currently releasing water which already flooded the municipalities within its vicinity. It was like the Ondoy typhoon. No, it’s worst than Ondoy although the residents of Metro Manila are now more vigilant…

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    Family Survival Planning Checklist

    In any situation, worst comes to worst, we could be at least have a little confidence if we knew we already prepared for something unexpected. Start this process by gathering all the members of your family and discuss the following: I. Emergency Escape Exits * Draw a floor plan of your home. * Make sure the children understand the drawing. * Emphasize a meeting place outside your home in case of an emergency: where to meet near your home and where to meet in case of evacuation II. Family Communication * Every disaster would have its own peculiarities and most often your family may not be together when disaster strike.…

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    Are We Ready?

    What happened to Japan should be an eye opener for every nation. No one can stop or even can predict natural calamities. Although many became helpless too in man-made tragedies. The Philippine Archipelago occupies the western rim of the Pacific Ocean (western segment of the Pacific Ring of Fire), a volcanically active part of the earth that is characterized by an ocean-encircling belt of active volcanoes and earthquake generators (fault lines). Earthquakes occur within the Philippines every so often mainly because the country is situated along two major tectonic plates— the Pacific Plate and the Eurasian Plate. It experience an average of 887 earthquakes every year, or 2 quakes per…

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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.