Showing posts with label earthquake. Show all posts
Showing posts with label earthquake. Show all posts

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Guihulngan and Lalimar Before And After The Earthquake

Coastal road of Guihulngan City before the earthquake
After the Earthquake (photo by Bongbong Woo Tadifa /FB)
Lalimar Resort, La Libertad
photo retrieved from skyscrapercity
The Guihulngan City coastal road is one of the more beautiful coastlines in Negros Island.  Look at it now...and this is just a portion of the whole road that was destroyed. I tried to contact Lalimar Resort, but they were not answering.  We enjoyed our overnight stay there in 2010 that my family and I were planning to go back this summer, this time with the parish pre-school teachers whom my mom supervises. I hope we still can. But it is not the destruction of the infrastructures that is heartbreaking, but the lost of so many lives. With the many disasters affecting the country, one would think that we should have learned our lessons well by now. Apparently, we haven't.


Monday, February 06, 2012

Aftershocks

Okay, this is not exciting anymore. PHILVOCS has recorded 43 aftershocks as of 6 PM today.  I have felt at least 3, the last one just a minute ago.  It is dark now and I am very worried that this will continue into the night.  I am just grateful that we have a sturdy house and hardwood dining tables that we can all hide under.  Since the signs all point out to a stay alert, sleepless night...I am sharing our household's emergency/disaster preparations.

A.  Before

  1. first aid kit
  2. one emergency light/flashlight per room
  3. water bottle for each person
  4. mobile phone charged/ extra batteries
  5. radio
  6. whistle
  7. check all gas outlets,
  8. secure all breakable fixtures/decors
  9. secure cabinets and place all breakables inside
  10. put heavy items on lower shelves
  11. identify your safe spots (no it is not under the door) like the inside corners of your walls
During
  1. get out of the house once an earthquake happens but if there is not enough time get under the dining room table first. DROP, COVER & HOLD ON.  This means DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If there is no sturdy table, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in the inside corners of the walls of your house.
  2. Once the movement stops, get out of the house.
  3. stay in an open space, away from poles, stay away from trees and structures that may fall on you

More information and guidelines can be found in www.ready.gov some of which I copied below. It also validates my family's preparations.
  • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.
  • Stay in bed if you are there when the earthquake strikes. Hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.
  • Do not use a doorway except if you know it is a strongly supported, load-bearing doorway and it is close to you. Many inside doorways are lightly constructed and do not offer protection..
  • Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Do not exit a building during the shaking. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.
  • DO NOT use the elevators.
I know that sometimes we over-react but hey, it's better to do so than be sorry later.  And PRAY...God never fails.


Earthquake!

It happened suddenly.  I just parked the Hi-Lander and suddenly just as I was about to get out of the vehicle, it started to rock side by side.  I thought it was my daughter and her nanny horsing around at the back and I turned to scold them when suddenly our cook rushed out of the kitchen door shouting, LINOG (earthquake)!!! Everyone stood still and our other house help entered the house to get my wheelchair bound aunt. It lasted for about a minute or so...I was so surprised at the intensity that I forgot to time it. After it was over, we went in the house talking excitedly, when my brother who also has vision and motor disabilities came out of his room and we all looked at each other...omigawd, we forgot about him!  Anyway, he said that he was finishing his prayers, that's why he did not get out...hahaha, talk about full confidence in God.  I felt 2 small aftershocks while we were having lunch.  Checking the US Geological Survey website, I learned that in my area, it was intensity 5. There is also a tsunami warning 2 issued by PHILVOCS for areas surrounding the Tanon Strait. As of this writing, people are being evacuated in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental and also some parts of Oriental Negros.  I pray for God's divine intervention.


 

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