Mike S Posted March 3, 2012 Posted March 3, 2012 Not trying to scare anyone nor lull some into a state of false security but earthquakes are a fact of life here in the Philippines ..... as we had one last month which was felt here in Cebu I just thought I would pass on some info to those who have never experienced one as it was my first significant one and an eye opener for me ......First off it gives no warning ..... I've been living in the same area of Cebu for over 4 years and other than a small tremor a couple of years ago there has been nothing ..... however this time was different .... in the blink of an eye the building starting shaking and trembling and it actually made it difficult to walk ..... there was also a sound like a big truck going past .... before I could put my shorts on it quit ..... maybe 15-20 seconds ..... yup .... only 15-20 seconds ..... folks you ain't got time to exit a building in that time ..... during this quake the first jolt was the worst with several smaller after shocks following (during the next several weeks more small ones occurred) ....The first thing they tell you is to exit the build and stand outside ... AWAY FROM TALL BUILDINGS ..... they could fall on you ..... now this is fine if the first shock is not the worst one such as in Kobe Japan ..... (it was a 7.2 .... the one here was a 6.8) ..... you can get outside and wait .... but if it the first is the worst you ain't got time to get outside ..... believe you me .....Not sure if there is anyway to actually prepare for a quake other than pray ..... with Hurricanes and typhoons you have a long time to get ready (unless you wait till the last minute) and tornadoes are a bit more tricky but in tornado prone areas if a storm is coming you can always expect the worst and have a plan .... quakes ..... good luck ..... just hope your number isn't up .....The following maps came from the Philippine government website on Earthquakes ..... if you live along one of the fault lines you can reasonably expect a quake to happen SOMETIME ..... but just when is not known ..... maybe tomorrow maybe not in your life time ..... but it COULD happen ..... anyway these maps maybe of benefit to some members ....One interesting note on these maps is that they show a fault in the area of Negros where the one last month happened ..... and also for those of us in Cebu there are 2 running parallel to each other ..... these may not be major faults but they are faults just the same ......This one shows where tsunami's could strike 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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