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Aftermath Of Natural Catastrophe

Earthquakes, Typhoons, Volcanic Eruptions…
These had caused so much disasters in so many countries in the world.
Can we as simple citizens of these planet stop these disasters? I suppose
no one, on this earth can do anything to stop any of these natural  catastrophe.
But we have so much to learn how to deal with any of these calamities.
We can learn how to prepare and protect ourselves in times of any disasters
I myself have experienced these horrifying earthquakes twice. It’s
horrifying but in comparison to these ones that occurred recently, they’re far
more, worst.
Important and useful to anyone in need.


The Song “TELL ME WHY? A tribute to Children.. sung by Declan Galbraith
made me think deeply about these natural calamities.There are many questions to
be answered by us adults about their PLEA “TELL ME WHY?”

Val, as you’ve mentioned in Learning from Haiti Earthquake and Iceland Volcanic
eruption , there are more countries we can learn from earthquake calamities and
volcanic eruptions, typhoons and floods… Like Philippines

Mt. Pinatubo Erupts 1991

The volcano’s ultra-Plinian eruption in June 1991

Breaking News Mayon Volcano eruption Philippines
02 January 2010 – Mayon Volcan eruption Dec.2009/ Jan. 2010 by Geoff Mackley
Mayon Volcano and Mount Pinatubo
Mayon Photo Country: Philippines
Subregion Name: Luzon (Philippines)
Volcano Number: 0703-03=
Volcano Type: Stratovolcano
Volcano Status: Historical
Last Known Eruption: 2010
Summit Elevation: 2462 m 8,077 feet
Latitude: 13.257°N 13°15’24″N
Longitude: 123.685°E 123°41’6″E
Beautifully symmetrical Mayon volcano, which rises to 2462 m above the Albay Gulf, is the Philippines’ most active volcano. The structurally simple volcano has steep upper slopes averaging 35-40 degrees that are capped by a small summit crater. The historical eruptions of this basaltic-andesitic volcano date back to 1616 and range from strombolian to basaltic plinian, with cyclical activity beginning with basaltic eruptions, followed by longer term andesitic lava flows. Eruptions occur predominately from the central conduit and have also produced lava flows that travel far down the flanks. Pyroclastic flows and mudflows have commonly swept down many of the approximately 40 ravines that radiate from the summit and have often devastated populated lowland areas. Mayon’s most violent eruption, in 1814, killed more than 1200 people and devastated several towns.

Pinatubo Photo Country: Philippines
Subregion Name: Luzon (Philippines)
Volcano Number: 0703-083
Volcano Type: Stratovolcano
Volcano Status: Historical
Last Known Eruption: 1993
Summit Elevation: 1486 m 4,875 feet
Latitude: 15.13°N 15°8’0″N
Longitude: 120.35°E 120°21’0″E
Prior to 1991 Pinatubo volcano was a relatively unknown, heavily forested lava dome complex located 100 km NW of Manila with no records of historical eruptions. The 1991 eruption, one of the world’s largest of the 20th century, ejected massive amounts of tephra and produced voluminous pyroclastic flows, forming a small, 2.5-km-wide summit caldera whose floor is now covered by a lake. Caldera formation lowered the height of the summit from 1745 to 1486 m. Although the eruption caused hundreds of fatalities and major damage with severe social and economic impact, successful monitoring efforts greatly reduced the number of fatalities. Widespread lahars that redistributed products of the 1991 eruption have continued to cause severe disruption. At least six major eruptive periods, interrupted by lengthy quiescent periods, have occurred from modern Pinatubo volcano during the past 35,000 years. Most of these have produced major pyroclastic flows and lahars that were even more extensive than in 1991.  


Earthquake Aftermath……


Baguio City …the summer capital of the country..We needed all to wake up!!!!!!
We needed to learn from these tragedies ..many  factors of these devastations are or were  the roles we played.


The Day Philippines Stood Still (Aftermath of Typhoon Ondoy)…KETSANA
September 2009
28 September 2009 — Two days after typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) tore through the Philippinecapital Manila and nearby provinces, the death toll now stands at 240, as of Wednesday noon.Almost 500,000 more people need immediate help in evacuation centers — food, clothing, potable water, medicine, and the gargantuan task to rebuild their lives again and keep the spirit of “bayanihan” alive.

— 30 September 2009 — Rescuers pulled more bodies from swollen rivers and debris-strewn streets Tuesday to bring the death toll from massive flooding to 240, while two new storms brewing in the Pacific threatened to complicate relief efforts.The homes of nearly 1.9 million people in the capital and surrounding areas were inundated byflooding unleashed when Tropical Storm Ondoy (international codename: Ketsana) tore throughthe region over the weekend, the National Disaster Coordinating Council said Tuesday.Nearly 380,000 people have sought shelter in schools, churches and other evacuation centers.Overwhelmed officials have called for international help , warning they may not have sufficient resourcesto withstand two new storms forecasters have spotted east of the island nation in the Pacific Ocean.One could hit the northern Philippines later this week and the other early next week,although meteorologists say that could change. Ondoy, which scythed across the northernPhilippines on Saturday, dumped more than a month’s worth of rain in just 12 hours, fueling theworst flooding to hit the country in more than 40 years.Troops, police and volunteers have already rescued more than 12,359 people, but unconfirmed reports of more deaths abound, Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro said.
Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/network/typ…
Global Disaster Hotspots: Who Gets Pummeled
By Michael Schirber, LiveScience Staff Writer

The human impact of a natural catastrophe depends greatly on where it happens, disaster officials have long known. In a soon-to-be-published report, scientists have mapped out some of the worst places to live when Nature shows the ugly side of her face.
The maps and analysis were prepared by the Earth Institute at Columbia University for the World Bank, which expects to publish them sometime this winter. The report is designed as a guide for how international investments should be made and a tool for battling calamity before it strikes.
The researchers compiled statistics from the last two decades on natural disasters in three categories: geophysical (earthquakes, volcanoes, and landslides), hydro (floods and hurricanes) and drought.

!Based on these factors, they mapped out hot spots of risk.

Hotspots based on …
… mortality risks

… total economic loss risks

… economic loss risks as a proportion of GDP per unit area

Maps courtesy the Earth Institute at Columbia University

The notable feature of the maps is that there are small countries that get pummeled,” the Earth Institute’s Arthur Lerner-Lam told LiveScience. Places like Honduras, Guatemala, and the Philippines are some of the riskiest.
Part of this has to do with geography. Central America, for example, is an area of high tectonic activity, which results in many volcanoes and earthquakes. It is also in the path of tropical storms.
“If a geologist were to put a country somewhere, this might be one of the last places,” Lerner-Lam said of Central America.
But there are many reasons why people choose to live in dangerous areas. “Lots of people farm on volcanic soil because it’s fertile,” Lerner-Lam said in a telephone interview prior to the Asian disaster. And coastlines were, and continue to be, important centers for trade.
Beyond geography, however, developing countries have a harder time preparing for and recovering from disasters, as was evidenced by the lack of warning for December’s tsunami in Asia and the agonizing days people waited for relief crews.
“Poorer people are hit disproportionately by hazards,” Lerner-Lam said.
Part of the problem is that poorer nations get stuck in the “recovery trap.” They spend so much of their resources rebuilding after the last disaster that they are not ready for the next one. This is not true in well-off countries like Japan and Italy, which comparatively suffer a lot of economic damage, but whose economies “can absorb the brunt of these disasters,” Lerner-Lam said.
The risks in the new report were calculated based on the number of deaths, the cost, and the cost as a percentage of the economic output, or Gross Domestic Product (GDP), of that location. The maps indicate hotspots, which are areas in the top 30 percent of risk for a given indicator. The goal of the new maps is to help investors make smart choices for sustainable development. A good example is earthquake-prone Istanbul, Turkey, where the effort is to construct buildings that are less vulnerable.
Tsunami Special Report

By spending a little more money to make something earthquake-resistant, Lerner-Lam said, “we reduce the loss of life and get a better return on the building because it doesn’t fall down.”
A little preventative medicine could impact the movement of money around the globe. World Bank data indicates that emergency loans and reallocation of existing loans for disaster reconstruction from 1980 to 2003 totaled $14.4 billion, with $12 billion going to disaster hotspot countries.
“This tells us that we need to work to reduce the vulnerability of these developing countries to natural disasters as part of any poverty reduction strategy,” said the Earth Institute’s Robert Chen.  

My heart, my prayers and deep sympathy for all my countrymen who were caught
in these devastating CATASTROPHE.

May 31,2010

Central America floods, mudslides kill scores
More than 110,000 in Guatemala flee as first storm of season lashes region
Image: A woman looks at the destruction caused by Tropical Storm Agatha 

Orlando Sierra / AFP – Getty Images
A woman looks on at the destruction caused by Tropical Storm Agatha in the neighborhood of El Chile, in Tegicigalpa, Honduras on May 31.2010
Image: Picture taken on May 31, 2010 of the Bai
Storm, volcano pummel Guatemala
In addition to Tropical Storm Agatha taking at least 63 lives, the Pacaya volcano started spewing lava and rocks Thursday afternoon, killing at least one person.


10 responses

  1. Magnitude 8.9 Earthquake Strikes Japan – 1 of 2 ..March 11 2011

    TOKYO — A magnitude 8.9 earthquake — the biggest in modern Japanese history — slammed the island nation’s eastern coast Friday afternoon, unleashing a 23-foot tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland and prompting a “nuclear emergency.”

    Hours later, the tsunami reached Hawaii, with initial reports citing little damage. Warnings blanketed the Pacific, putting areas on alert as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West Coast.

    Tsunami Strikes Japan After 8.9-Magnitude Earthquake

    UPDATE: The earthquake has been upgraded to 9.0 from its original 8.9 reading. Additionally, there is at least one report that over 1,000 deaths could result from the disaster:
    he largest recorded earthquake in Japan’s history has devastated that nation on mid-day Friday, March 11, 2011. The massive 9.0 quake was followed up by a 20-foot-plus tsunami that struck the nearby coast. Many are dead; more are missing. All thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Japan at this time.

    According to Japanese police, 200 to 300 bodies were found in Sendai, the coastal city closest to the epicenter. Another 137 people were confirmed killed, with 531 missing. At least 627 people were injured.

    TV footage taken from a military plane showed fires engulfing a large waterfront area in northeastern Japan. Houses and other buildings were ablaze across large swathes of land in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture, near Sendai. The city, with a population of 74,000, has residential, light industry and fishing areas.

    According to reports, police told the Kyodo news agency that a passenger train with an unknown number of people aboard was missing in one coastal area.

    The government ordered thousands of residents near a nuclear power plant in Onahama to evacuate because the plant’s cooling system failed and pressure inside the reactor is rising. The reactor’s core remained hot even after a shutdown, and a radiation leak was seen as possible. The plant is 170 miles northeast of Tokyo.

    The Defense Ministry dispatched dozens of troops trained to deal with chemical disaster to the plant in case of a radiation leak.

    March 14, 2011 at 1:52 pm

  2. connie

    Understanding natural catastrophe…Guatimala was hit by storm and volcano erruption..: Two natural devastating catastrophe.As mentioned above …. Global Disaster Hotpots:Geographically.. Guatimala , Hunduras and the Philippines are some of the riskiest of these disasters according to the Earth Institute of Live Science .

    June 13, 2010 at 12:02 am

  3. connie

    This country geographically is one of the most riskiest of geophysical, hydro and draught disasters. And so people must have to learn how to be prepared and protect themselves with all these natural disasters.Where the places flooded, they lived all there lives in these places. Of course people learned to deal and cope up with all these natural catastrophe.I should say and proud to say that the people had so great unity to bulid up their loses and of course there were so much direct help from outside the country. Organizations had their help directly to the devastated places.

    May 31, 2010 at 12:22 am

  4. john

    Natural events happen yet many do not take steps to deal with the loss and sometimes people live in these area when they shouldn’t as a result there tremendous loss of life. So how do we get people to change their lifestyle or do we…?Another thing is the response to disasters, how the rich can cope and the poor can’t. Capitalism gets pounded on s often but it is the reason for rich countries being able to respond and or help others.What are the parameters to operate in, what are the limits?

    May 6, 2010 at 1:59 am

  5. connie

    Much more than words can say Seth …Thanks a lot for your time and for being here.Understanding more about our Nature’s Natural Catastrophe is a great help that we haveto learn and be prepared in a disaster. Thanks again ..God Bless !

    May 2, 2010 at 7:11 pm

  6. ··¤ SETH

    Another very fine entry Connie… you two women R.O.C.K.!!! :o)

    May 2, 2010 at 5:46 pm

  7. ··¤ SETH

    There IS no way to prevent natural disasters… they HAPPEN… but we can learn how to respond when they do happen. Earthquakes, for instance, are the result of shifts in the plates covering the earth, and are periodic and eternal. The best prevention we can do is to use our natural resources carefully and judiciously, build our homes and other structures the best we can, to withstand as much as possible, and stop being so bloody arrogant as to think we have more power than NATURE. If you’re not humbled by how powerless we mere humans are by comparison, you SHOULD be.

    May 2, 2010 at 5:45 pm

  8. Valerie

    Hi Connie, Natural and to all,THANK YOU for your GREAT post about natural disasters!!!… What’s more to be educational and very interesting, your entries release a lot of emotions, of sadness and importance to help our next… For a lot of us, we do not choose our place of life… A lot of populations, through the world, live regularly natural disasters, with for first consequence, the one to lose their next… and for secondary consequence that comes to add to the broken heart, the one to all lose… and of duty any begin again to 0… Here therefore a reason of more to let our knowledge level evolve on the natural disasters while supporting more the Scientific Researches and to bring our support financial to the big associations and foundations, who work on all the places of natural disasters to carry helps, to help, to support, to allow turning the page, for again any begin to 0… Have a Blessing WeekEnd everyone, Bye-Bye and see you!!!…Take care…

    April 30, 2010 at 10:25 am

  9. connie

    Hi Natural, thanks. for dropping by with your beautiful thoughtslove …connie

    April 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm

  10. Natural ♥

    Hi Connie, Yes, I do remember these natural events. We may not be able to stop these events from happening physically, but we can stop fear of these events, and replace it with love, understanding, and support to those that go through such events. Blessings~

    April 28, 2010 at 6:34 pm

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