How On Earth Do You Prepare For The Coming Mega-Quake?
A 7-8 magnitude earthquake is set to rock Metro Manila – literally destroying buildings, bridges, hospitals, schools, even the proposed evacuation centers, leaving millions homeless or worse.
The warning came from no less than Chief Renato Solidum of Phivolcs (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology), one of the few remaining officials in the Arroyo administration with an untarnished reputation for honesty and competence. In other words, I believe him.
Portentiously, a 5.3 quake epi-centered in Mamburao, Oriental Mindoro last week. The quake jolted Looc, Lubang with Intensity 4; Batangas City, Iba in Zambales and Clark in Pampanga with Intensity 3; and Intensity 2 in Laguna, Cavite, Makati, Pasay, Pasig, Muntinlupa and Manila.
The exact (or even approximate) date cannot be pinpointed at this point, but Chief Arjun Kartoch of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – Emergency Services Branch gave assurances that the “Doomsday” upheaval will come.
If you live in a condo, that’s good for flashfloods; but what about when the earth moves under your feet and everything above you begins to fall down?