Earthquakes in Visayas

February 16, 2012

Been slow to pick up news these past few days. None the less, I’m anxious and worried about what appears to be increasing seismic activities in our land. Knowing how our government has failed to regulate the building quality for the construction of homes and buildings there, we all should be deeply concerned. Scientists reminds us that the big one is going to hit us, its just a matter of time.

How prepared the country is to deal with such disaster?

There’s no way we can say for sure. We can’t rely on the current administration. They appear busy trying to remove our court leaders that ordered the distribution of the biggest owned land in our history. It’s all politics. It has nothing to do with poverty. We’re being manipulated and lied to. Again.

Lets just take all the necessary precautions. There are websites out there that have very good information on what to do when a quake strikes. Friends, invest some time researching. What we read can be lifesavers.

I hope relatives and friends in Negros and Cebu are fine. I can only offer my prayers. They’re a tough bunch, these Visayans. They’ll survive this, and they’ll move on.

I no longer watch mainstream news but rely on the internet these days. Our media back home is one big exaggerated piece of work. They’re corporations and in business, people are loyal to only one thing – their own interests.

There are places that got hit pretty bad but if its any consolation, this earthquake is far from the one that hit central Luzon two decades ago in terms of damage. We’ve had some pretty bad natural calamities these past few years but Filipinos are hard to break. We persevere and endure – we even find humor in the direst of situation.

I’m looking at some sources here and it appears that there were several old churches that had been damaged. So far, I haven’t seen any news of collapsed structures but I’m sure a quake of that magnitude and the series of aftershocks had some effect.

A few weeks ago, Manila Cathedral closed its doors to the public because of structural concerns. They’re in the process of fixing the structural defects I heard. This church is around 50 years old and is the 8th reconstruction.

The good thing about the old churches in the country is that most of them are already improvements from the previous designs. Meaning, they’ve been structured to survive quakes (those frailes were damn good builders) but still, age is a factor. The church must begin to look into creating a central committee that would review the structural integrity of all the old churches in the island.

Its a tough task but it must be done.

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