Thursday, December 25, 2008

Earthquake on Christmas Day

I was on my computer when the computer table started shaking. I thought my niece was playing under the computer table because she was here with me. There were people outside singing on their karaoke. Maybe when they noticed also that the ground was shaking they stopped and I heard a female voice on the microphone asking if there’s an earthquake, then silence followed. The shakes became stronger and stronger. I stood up and walked slowly and then I opened all the doors because I was thinking if the earthquake will become stronger then we will be stuck inside the house. Doors must be opened if there’s an earthquake because you can’t open them once they are deformed by an earthquake. It was 11:30 in the morning when the unexpected earthquake hit here and it lasts only a few seconds.

The epicenter of this earthquake is in General Santos City, the place of our champion boxer Manny Pacquiao. It reached to 6.1 intensity, stronger than here in Davao . I was just glad that the earthquake was not as strong as the earthquake in 1990 here in the Philippines when many people died. That was July 16, 1990 that a killer earthquake extensively devastated the City of Baguio . As reported, the powerful temblor measured 7.7 in the open-ended Richter scale and lasted for 45 seconds. It was said to be the most destructive earthquake on record within the Cordillera Region. There were numerous aftershocks that followed and the strongest, which occured at 3:15 a.m. of July 18, lasted for eight seconds ... and measured 5.3 on the Richer scale. Many commercial and government buildings, hotels, inns, and residences were heavily damaged. It was estimated that as many as 1,000 people were trapped and killed in damaged buildings.

Pictures above was the killer earthquake in 1990.